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Nun is sentenced to 90 days in jail, ordered to pay back $128k

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 July 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A Catholic nun was sentenced to 90 days in Orleans County Jail today and ordered to pay restitution for $128,000 she allegedly stole to feed a gambling habit.

Sister Mary Anne Rapp pled guilty in April to stealing the money from Catholic churches in Holley and Kendall over about five years from March 2006 to April 2011.

Orleans County Court Judge James Punch sentenced Rapp to jail, five years probation, 100 hours of community service and full restitution.

The Order of Franciscan Nuns agreed to pay $10,000 annually over five years towards Rapp’s restitution.

The nun faced up to six months in jail as part of a plea to grand larceny.

District Attorney Joe Cardone supported jail time for Rapp, calling her thefts from the churches “an extensive crime.”

“It wasn’t one single act,” Cardone said. “It was week after week that she stole from the church plate and lied to people.”

Rapp was arrested in November after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Department. Parish leaders asked the Sheriff’s Department to investigate after an internal audit found discrepancies.

Rapp was placed on leave from her order in 2011 and received treatment for her gambling addiction.

She originally was charged with second-degree grand larceny, a class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.