March 11th, 2011
08:28 AM ET

Feds: Nun pleads guilty to embezzling $850,000

A Catholic nun pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling $850,000 from a college in the New York City suburbs, the U.S. Southern District Attorney's Office announced in a press release.

Sister Marie E. Thornton, a 63 year-old nun, embezzled over $850,000 from Iona College starting in 1999, while functioning as its vice president of finance, the statement said.

"This is a classic case of the fox guarding the hen house," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. "Marie Thornton was entrusted with the financial well-being of Iona College, but instead, she abused her access to cook the books and line her own pockets."

According to the statement from U.S. attorney, Thornton diverted funds for personal use by submitting false vendor invoices and personal expense bills to be reimbursed by the school.

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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Starr


    Communist? You've resorted to calling me a communist? Hunny, I work for a major wall street firm. I'm also the son and brother of military vets. Are you 12?

    Wow! Luke, stop! Do you want a medal, or a chest to pin it on?
    You don't work for no major wall street firm....i(f you do, you are a crook right,lol)? But, fact is..you don't. You work for a trucking company, and unload boxes and take inventory. I have known you far too long, and in another forum you said what you really do! LOL...you are such a BS'er!

    Another thing is..you exert sucnh a "tough guy" stance on this blog, when it reality you are a known flamer/..you even said as much. One who likes to get his kicks, "taking apart" the system.

    You should be proud of your family as vets. Thats about as far as patriotism and you can connect.
    Sheesh, man...you never fail to kick yourself where the sun don't shine, now do you?

    March 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  2. jayjay

    What's her Habit

    March 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  3. St.Paddy

    Luke...you are really ignorant. What do you do for a living, sweep gutters? What rubbish comes from you. You need a four leaf clover in the worse of ways.

    March 17, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  4. Ryan

    I always wondered where my tuition was going.

    March 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      Ryan.. it went to you.

      March 16, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  5. Daithi mac curtáin

    Ha HA ha , some of the idiots commenting on here would want to get over them selves .

    March 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  6. Reality

    More evidence that the following is coming sooner than we think:

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" will converge these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

    Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples or synagogues.--

    March 15, 2011 at 7:58 am |
    • philojazz

      Dear Reality

      Thank you for your intelligent reply. Not that many will listen. Your heart, and more importantly, your mind, are in the right place.


      Philojazz, a fellow human, and humanist

      March 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Doug

      Sweet, now that you guys have abolished God, we can start worshiping ourselves. We are such a perfect race of beings...

      You do see the irony of this scenario right? People always choose to believe in something. You take away all religion, new ones will be started. It's just the way it is. It doesn't matter if we have religion or if we don't, we will always have greed, conflict and sorrow within every facet of our race. Which means we will always have thieves, dictators, wars and murder. WE ARE THE PROBLEM.

      Everything in this world that was created with good intentions is also constantly affected by the self-destructive nature of humanity. Wake up from your dream world guys.

      March 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      Doug there has never been gods looking after us. We are where we are because of ourselves anyway. we have always lived in a "godless" world. so nothing should change except that the money wasted on religion could be funneled back into more productive pursuits. Why would we worship ourselves? that is a religious mindset .

      March 16, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  7. lchanford

    When I was a kid nuns would smack the top of my hands to punish me, why, I don't know. So needless to say I did not like nuns very much, still don't. I never could figure out what nuns were for, except smacking kids. I know this nun knows she did wrong, now its time to pay the price.

    March 15, 2011 at 6:08 am |
  8. Billy

    This is just another example of the Roman-corrupt-supposed to be church.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • Nick

      So right! We ALL know that Protestant clergy NEVER pilfer money from their congregations or live lavish lifestyles. There IS that thing called the "Reformation" of course, during which Protestants stole church buildings, monastery buildings, convents, etc. for their own use, but hey, people hardly remember that little faux pas!

      April 29, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  9. Sue Brooks

    Let's pray she realizes her sin, asks for forgiveness, and repents.

    March 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  10. Christian Justina

    Praying for Catholic Church in her difficult time in New York City.

    March 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  11. Christian Justina

    Justina (the totally authentic Christian one), another fake.

    March 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
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