Anita Collins, accused of stealing $1 million from Archdiocese of New York, apologizes

| February 4, 2012

The church lady from hell accused of stealing more than $1 million from the Archdiocese of New York says God has forgiven her but worries her victims will never do the same.

“I want to apologize to everybody I betrayed,” said Anita Collins, 67, looking frail and distraught during an exclusive jailhouse interview on Rikers Island, where she is being held on $750,000 bail.

Prosecutors say she stole the money during the seven years she worked for the archdiocese as a bookkeeper before her scam was discovered in December.

“I went to Mass every day,” Collins said, portraying herself as a devout Catholic pained by her sins. “My faith is strong. I’m praying for all the people I’ve hurt.”

She issued 458 checks recorded as being for legitimate expenses like electricity and office supplies, prosecutors say. She deposited the checks, written out to her son, into her own bank account. “I’m at peace with God,” Collins told the Daily News, insisting her repeated breaking of the Eighth Commandment was forgiven.

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