Crimes and Sins: Casino Addicted Nun Steals $130,000 From Churches in NY

A recent Wall Street Journal article entitled “NY gambling nun admits taking $128K from churches” reports that a Roman Catholic nun faces up to six months in prison for stealing approximately $130,000 from two rural churches in western New York. The nun needed money to fund her gambling addiction.

Sister Mary Rapp, 68, was arrested in November when the theft was uncovered during an audit.

She admits she stole the money from St. Mary’s Church in Holley and St. Mark’s Church in Kendall from March 2006 to April 2011 and pleaded guilty to grand larceny.

The sentence will be announced on 1 July. She will also have to pay “reasonable restitution” of the stolen money.

Sister Rapp was placed on leave in 2011 and agreed to attend addiction treatment.