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Dryden – Michigan authorities are raising flags about two men who raise money for priests accused of crimes.

The attorney general’s office is ordering them to stop taking excessive compensation. From 2014 through 2016, the state says Pete Ferrara received $690,000 and Joe Maher received $579,000. That’s 35 percent of the contributions raised in those three years.

The state says the men “took what they wanted when they wanted it.”

Maher and Ferrara operate Opus Bono Sacerdotii in Lapeer County. It’s a Latin phrase meaning “work for the good of the priesthood.”

Messages seeking comment were left for the men and their lawyer Thursday. In a response to the state, Opus Bono said recent compensation for Maher and Ferrara includes catching up after early lean years.

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