Nun admits stealing $128,000 from two western NY churches

A 68-year-old Roman Catholic nun with a gambling addiction has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $130,000 from two rural western New York parishes.

The Daily News of Batavia reports that Sister Mary Anne Rapp pleaded guilty Monday in Orleans County Court to grand larceny, admitting she stole the money from St. Mary's Church in Holley and St. Mark's Church in Kendall from March 2006 to April 2011.

Rapp faces up to six months in jail when she's sentenced July 1. She'll also be required to pay restitution that would be worked out at a later date.

Rapp was arrested in November after discrepancies were found during an internal audit at the churches.

Investigators said she stole the money to feed a gambling addiction and spent the money at western New York casinos.

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