Well, OK. She’s not actually on the run, but I couldn’t resist putting that pun in there. I’m not even sorry.
Sister Mary Anne Rapp must have had a case of divine intervention last Monday when she finally pleaded guilty to stealing nearly £130,000 from two of her local churches to fund her gambling addiction. She admits to stealing from both St. Mary’s Church in Holley and St. Mark’s Church in Kendall, both of which are located in rural western New York, where she had been looking after their donations.
In 2010, Father Mark Noonan ordered an investigation when he noticed a few irregularities in the donation scheme that the two churches were part of. Sister Rapp admitted that she had stolen over $129,000 to investigators and had spent the money in some local casinos.
Even though this is a large amount of money being dealt with, the nun only faces up to 6 months in prison; she could’ve been facing a 15 year sentence, but has been offered a different plea because she has no previous criminal record and has a been a ‘pillar of society’ for nearly 50 years now. It’s kind of hard to take the whole case seriously when the crime is being brushed off just because she’s a nun.
We all know that gambling is perfectly safe as long as you take care of yourself, but obviously there are some people who can’t control themselves as well as others. If you know someone who might have a problem with gambling, you can contact GamCare for help.