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07-01-06, 02:32 AM #1
Nun arrested for spending church money on gambling & other sinful activities
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A 71-year-old nun who co-wrote a popular marriage-preparation program was arrested on charges of improperly spending more than $300,000 US on casinos, gifts and air travel.
Sister Barbara Markey, who was fired in January as director of the Omaha Archdiocese's family life office, turned herself in Wednesday and was released on her own recognizance.
According to the arrest warrant, an audit found that Markey spent $307,545 for her own use or without documentation. Some of the money was spent on cash advances, casinos, gifts and airfare, the audit said.
Defence lawyer John Berry said the case stems from a disagreement about ownership and funding priorities related to the FOCCUS marriage preparation program, which Markey helped develop. The program is widely used in the Roman Catholic Church.
Markey was charged with theft by deception, a felony punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
07-01-06, 03:02 AM #2THE five-ohVerified LEO
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It's one thing to steal.. it's another to steal from a church. That's just messing with a higher power you just don't want to fuck with.
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