A 68-year-old woman who has worked as a Roman Catholic nun for almost 50 years pleaded guilty Monday to stealing around $128,000 from two western New York churches.
Sister Mary Anne Rapp admitted that she took the money to fuel a gambling addiction, The Batavia Daily News reports.
According to the local publication, Rapp faces six months in jail—and must pay "reasonable restitution"—after confessing to the fourth-degree grand larceny charge. The thefts took place between 2006 and 2011, and Rapp couldn't recall exactly how much money she took. She will be sentenced July 1.
Rapp was found out after a "new pastor" audit in 2010. She reportedly helped count donations at St. Mark's Church and St. Mary's Church in Kendall and Holley, N.Y., respectively.
A statement released in November by a woman who worked with Rapp said she spent almost ten months at an in-treatment program for her gambling addiction, NBC affiliate WGRZ reported.
Rapp pleaded not guilty in November to a second-degree grand larceny charge, which could have landed her in jail for 15 years, WGRZ reported.
Buffalo Diocese spokesman Kevin Keenan told WGRZ that the church has an insurance policy that covers thefts.