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Nun pleads guilty to embezzling $850,000 from Catholic college

March 10, 2011

Sister Marie Thornton, former vice president of finance at Iona College in New York, has pled guilty to embezzling $850,000 from the college between 1999 and 2009.

“She abused her access to cook the books and line her own pockets,” said US Attorney Preet Bharara. Prosecutors charged that Sister Thornton used much of the stolen money for gambling.


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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Mar. 10, 2011 5:29 PM ET USA

    How does a nun get addicted to gambling? Or does the addict become a nun to gain access to money for gambling? I'd like to know more about this woman and the process of her becoming a nun.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Mar. 10, 2011 1:59 PM ET USA

    This is one of those stories that make you want to weep. The tragedy of it outweighs the anger.