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Quiet Old Lady Stole $1 Million From NY Catholic Church

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Anita Collins, a 67-year-old Bronx woman, stole more than $1 million from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, and no one would have expected it:


A law enforcement official said that though she appeared to colleagues as a quiet, unassuming woman, Ms. Collins used her position to carry out a sophisticated fraud that consisted in part of billing the archdiocese for nonexistent services and channeling the money into accounts she controlled. Because checks of $2,500 or less did not require approval from a supervisor, Ms. Collins kept the payments just under that amount, issuing over 450 such checks to herself over seven years

Quiet Lady Stole $1 Million From Catholic Church