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Nun gets 90 days in jail for stealing $128K from churches for gambling

By David Ferguson
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 15:30 EDT
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A nun who stole about $128,000 from two churches in Orleans County, New York has been sentenced to 90 days in jail. According to Channel 9 News, Sister Mary Anne Rapp was sentenced Tuesday to three months in jail, five years of probation, 100 hours of community service and she will have to pay back all of the money that was stolen.

Rapp explained to the court Monday morning that she stole the money from St. Mark Church in Kendall, New York and St. Mary in Holley, New York because she was suffering from a gambling addiction.

Sister Edith Wyss, provincial minister over Rapp’s 133-member order, the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, issued a statement that said, “Despite the enormous support that Sister Mary Anne received from friends, parishioners and her religious community, her proactive approach to her recovery and her involvement in meaningful ministry, the judge determined that she deserved jail time. We feel great empathy for the two church communities affected by her actions. Sister Mary Anne is a member of our community and we will continue to help and support her.”

Watch video about this story, embedded via Channel 9 News, below:

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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