Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 28, 2012 / 23:12 pm
Anita Guzzardi, the former chief financial officer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was sentenced on Friday to two to seven years in prison for stealing over $900,000 from the archdiocese's general fund over a seven-year period.
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Ellen Ceisler ordered her to pay $646,627 in restitution to the archdiocese in addition to the $260,000 she has already repaid. Guzzardi also faces seven years of probation upon her release.
Guzzardi, 42, pled guilty to theft by deception, forgery and unlawful use of a computer. She asked her family and Church officials to forgive her, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
"If it takes me the rest of my life, I'll try to make up for all the lies, heartbreak, and betrayal I've caused all these people," she told the judge.