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N.Y. nun admits taking $128,000 from churches

ALBION, N.Y. — A 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 reported that 68-year-old Sister Mary Anne Rapp pleaded guilty Monday in Orleans County Court to grand larceny. She admitted she stole the money from St. Mary’s Church in Holley and St. Mark’s Church in Kendall from March 2006 to April 2011.

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Rapp faces up to six months in jail when she is sentenced July 1. She will 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 audit.

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

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