Sister Barbara Markey is Stealing Nun

April 1, 2008

When you read about Sister Barbara Markey, a nun who stole money from the church and gambled it away, on April Fools day, it makes you think twice. But Sister Markey plead guilty Monday after she was fired as director of the Omaha Archdiocese’s family life office almost two years ago after being “arrested on charges of improperly spending more than $300,000 on casinos, gifts and air travel.”

An audit was conducted and it found that Sister Markey spent $307,545 without documentation. Markey was then charged with theft by deception. That is a felony punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. 73-year-old Markey will be sentenced in July.

Her defense attorney, J. William Gallup, says Markey has agreed to pay $125,000 in restitution, but she only plead guilty to stealing $1,500. In exchange for her guilty plea, the state and the archdiocese agreed not to object to probation.

Markey is an internationally known speaker and renowned for work in marriage preparation. The monies were taken from FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study), which is a program for marriage preparation across the United States and in 13 other countries.

You can see more pictures of Sister Barbara Markey below.

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