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July 8, 2013

Nun sentenced to 90 days in jail for theft

ALBION — A Roman Catholic nun has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for stealing nearly $130,000 from two western New York parishes to support a gambling addiction.

Sister Mary Anne Rapp also was ordered at Monday's sentencing to perform 100 hours of community service and repay $128,000.

Rapp pleaded guilty to grand larceny in Orleans County Court in April. The 68-year-old admitted stealing from St. Mary's Church in Holley and St. Mark's Church in Kendall from 2006 to 2011. The thefts were discovered during an audit.

Investigators have said she stole the money to feed a gambling addiction and spent the money at western New York casinos.

The Sisters of St. Francis in Lewiston issued a statement expressing empathy for the two churches and continued support for Rapp.

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