NY Archdiocese Worker Accused of $1M Theft

| January 31, 2012

A longtime worker for the Archdiocese of New York has been accused of using accounting tricks to steal about $1 million from the church.

Anita Collins, 67, was arrested and arraigned Monday as a result of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s investigation.

Prosecutors said Collins, who was making between $35,000 to $50,000 a year in her job managing finances at the archdiocese office, stole consistently from the church for seven and a half years, depositing about eight checks to herself each month, except for a single month in which she made no deposits.

Investigators said she issued 450 checks for phony invoices, each deposited into bank accounts she controlled. The checks allegedly totaled less than $2,500 — an amount that would trigger a sign-off from a supervisor.

Joseph Zwilling, spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, said archdiocese officials uncovered what they initially believed to be at least $350,000 in stolen funds and reported their suspicions to the Manhattan DA.



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