Readers in the White Plains area may have heard of the recent charges against a 67-year-old Bronx woman who prosecutors claim embezzled over $1 million from the New York Archdiocese. The woman was arraigned on a charge of grand larceny — a felony — and a charge of falsifying business records.

The 67-year-old pled not guilty in late February, and she is scheduled to reappear in court in a month.

According to a local news report, the woman was fired from her job after she was accused of fraud. She had worked in the finance office of the archdiocese for nine years when the fraud allegations were made. The district attorney claims the 67-year-old illegally wrote checks to herself. According to the criminal complaint, the money was used to purchase clothes and dolls.

Complicating matters is the fact that the woman has a previous felony conviction for the same crime of which she is now accused. She pled guilty to grand larceny in 1999 after being charged with taking $46,000 from a temporary employment agency.

After the current charges were filed, the 67-year-old was apparently unable to post bail, and she was still incarcerated as of March 1. Her family was doing what they could to make restitution.

The archdiocese said the woman was hired prior to their use of criminal background checks. Otherwise, presumably, she would not have been hired.

As New Yorkers likely know, a felony conviction can carry serious consequences. Not everyone who is accused of a felony is guilty, but that doesn’t mean that the evidence in support of conviction isn’t sometimes extensive. In such cases, a significant reduction of charges and sentencing can be its own kind of saving victory, and that is what an aggressive criminal defense will seek.

Source: CBS, “Bronx Woman Pleads Not Guilty In NY Archdiocese Embezzlement Case,” March 1, 2012