Ex-clerk at NY archdiocese pleads not guilty

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Posted: Mar 02, 2012 8:21 AM
Ex-clerk at NY archdiocese pleads not guilty

A former clerk at the Archdiocese of New York has pleaded not guilty to stealing more than $1 million in money used to oversee schools.

Anita Collins is charged with grand larceny, falsifying business records and forgery.

According to the New York Post ( http://nyp.st/zMkW1H), her lawyer on Thursday asked the judge to consider lowering her $350,000 bail.

But Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lewis Bart Stone says Collins' family had so far repaid only $100,000 of the $1 million.

He quipped: "Ten cents on the dollar is hardly a full amount."

Prosecutors say Collins stole from the church's Education Department by writing more than 450 checks to one of her sons, each for less than $2,500. Collins allegedly recorded them as payments for such items as power bills or office supplies.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com