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Gambling Nun Steals $850K

11/09/2021 11:53 AM ET

Gambling Nun - A nun who stole more than $850,000 from the college where she worked to fund a gambling addiction while she was in charge of the school’s finances was spared incarceration and ordered to perform 2,000 hours of community service.

At her sentencing in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday, Sister Marie Thornton, 63, said she was deeply sorry for her crime and for the embarrassment she caused her religious order, family and friends.

“Somehow the words ‘I’m sorry’ fall short,” she told U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood. “They don’t convey the gut-wrenching sorrow I feel all day, every day.”

Thornton was fired as vice president of finance at Iona College in 2009 when officials at the New Rochelle, N.Y., school learned of the crime.

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