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Former Philadelphia archdiocesan financial officer given 2-7 year prison sentence

August 24, 2012

The former chief financial archdiocese of the Philadelphia archdiocese has been sentenced to a 2-7 year prison term after pleading guilty to embezzling $900,000 in church funds.

Anita Guzzardi was dismissed from her post in July 2011, after a local prosecutor alerted archdiocesan officials to an investigation into missing funds. One year later she pleaded guilty to criminal charges, admitting that she had used church funds to pay for personal purchases and gambling debts.


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  • Posted by: koinonia - Aug. 25, 2012 7:28 PM ET USA

    Anita could use our prayers. She has admitted her guilt; the least we can do is pray that she has genuine remorse and that she receive forgiveness if only she asks. Recent years have not been kind to the Philadelphia archdiocese. Let us lift them up (our Philadelphia brethren in Baptism) to Our Lord in charitable solidarity.