Daily Church Scandal Report: A 67 Year Old Church Lady Steals more than 1 Million Dollars from the Archdiocese of New York

"Anita Collins"
"Anita Collins"


Daily Church Scandal Report:

Today’s Daily Church Scandal Report is about a 67-year-old  church lady who served as an accounts payable  clerk who stole more than a million dollars from the Archdiocese of New York was sentenced to prison Thursday by a Manhattan judge who called her crimes “outrageous.”

According to the report, prosecutors said that they don’t have a clue as to where the money went.

In chastising Ms. Anita Collins before he imposed a sentence of 4½ to nine years in prison for her grand larceny conviction, agreed upon beforehand by the prosecution and her defense attorney.

“Mrs. Collins, you were put in a position of trust by a trusting religious organization.…You stole over a million dollars. It’s an outrageous amount,” the judge said.

The judge added that the egregiousness of Ms. Collins’s theft was compounded because she had been caught stealing in the past.

“The church gave you a second chance and see what you did,” he said. “It is outrageous.”

Ms. Collins had been convicted of grand larceny in 1999 for stealing $46,000 from a temporary employment agency. However, officials from the archdiocese, who didn’t comment Thursday, have said they were unaware of her criminal record because they didn’t perform background checks when they hired her in 2003.

Authorities say that as an accounts payable clerk from 2004 to 2011, Ms. Collins cut 468 unauthorized checks to “KB Collins” and deposited them in a bank account she controlled. She then manipulated the archdiocese’s computer accounting system to make it appear as if the checks had been issued to a legitimate vendor.

But even as Ms. Collins was lead out of the courtroom in handcuffs to immediately begin serving her sentence, it still wasn’t clear to her lawyer how she spent the $1,073,058.83 that she has been ordered to repay to the church.

Outside the courtroom, defense attorney Howard Simmons said he doesn’t know where the cash went. The court-appointed attorney said he had hoped Ms. Collins would turn over about $100,000 for immediate restitution as a gesture that he hoped would secure a reduced sentence.

But he soon realized that Ms. Collins “would not be able to give them anything” because she had no money, adding that”Nobody can really say,” Mr. Simmons said when asked about the money. Ms. Collins had no known drug or gambling issues and lived a quiet life taking care of her 41-year-old cancer-stricken daughter. Read More