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.

NYC car crash kills 5

An automobile involved in a single-vehicle crash took the lives of five people, including two children. It happened near the Van Wyck Expressway in the Queens borough of NY. 

An SUV flipped over before bursting into flames after it smashed into a concrete pillar, killing three women and two children. The vehicle ended up to a mangled mess.

The driver, with another passenger and a child, were hospitalized.

The witnesses told the Daily News that the vehicle was speeding and blew through two red lights.

“All I saw was headlights,” Ryan Jardine, 24, a motorist traveling north, told the News. “She ran the light, almost hit us and then hit the pole.”

He also added: “We saw the car just hit the pole and it went into a somersault.” “It just started flipping. It was horrible.”

All three women were declared dead, as were an 8-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.

Firefighters extricated victims with jaws-of-life tools while putting out the fire.

No identifications have been released.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/22/nyc-car-crash-kills-5-including-2-children/