Gambling Nun Busted For Stealing $128,000 From Churches
A nun with a gambling problem has been accused of stealing $128,000 from two separate parishes where she worked.
Earlier this week Sister Mary Anne Rapp’s order said that she is in treatment for a gambling addiction and is in recovery. However, she will still face a criminal charge of grand larceny due to her thefts from the St. Mark and St Mary congregations.
Rapp will appear in court on Monday evening and is expected to plead not guilty. The nun was caught after a new pastor was assigned to the two parishes in 2010.
The pastor requested a routine audit and it turned up some irregularities which were turned over to a county prosecutor.
As a result Rapp was placed on leave in February 2011 and was fired in April 2011. It is believed that Rapp went on to spend the money at casinos.
Sister Edith Wyss, the provincial minister of the Sisters of St. Francis of which Rapp was a member, said that when she was placed on leave she agreed to seek treatment for her gambling addiction.
Rapp then spent 9.5 months in an in-patient treatment facility and since leaving has continued her treatment and recovery.