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DA: Woman stole $250k from church, fund for the needy

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MIFFLINTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Juniata County woman stole $250,000 from donations given to her church, including money set aside to assist charitable organizations and the needy,said District Attorney Cory Snook.

Snook said Mary Zangrilli, 59, stole from St. Jude Thaddeus Parish between 2005 and 2012. She was the church's bookkeeper and stole checks from the general fund and Capital Campaign and cash from the money set aside each week for charities and the needy.

Pastor of St. Jude's, Father William Weary, originally noticed irregularities in the church's checking account in November 2012, Snook said. The dioceses of Harrisburg performed an audit that showed Zangrilli had mishandling funds.

Performing his own investigations, Snook also found that Zangrilli overcame financial controls, such as the need for multiple signatures and sealed bank bags.

The church's insurance will cover most of the cost of the embezzled funds and a portion of the church's investigative costs.

Zangrilli has been charged with theft by unlawful taking, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds and receiving stole property. She faces a maximum of 21 years in prison and a $45,000 fine.

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