Woman Steals $1M from Basilian Fathers

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This money that was stolen had been donated to help the poor.

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A religious order of priests in Sugar Land is missing more than $1 million. Federal prosecutors said their former bookkeeper stole the money by transferring it to her personal accounts.

Rosina K. Blanco, 38, is now charged with eight counts of wire fraud. Prosecutors said she spent the money on a lavish lifestyle of designer handbags and jewelry.

They even said Blanco bought real estate with the funds.

She appeared in federal court Friday afternoon and showed little emotion.

The Basilian Fathers’ Missions of the Catholic Church first noticed the money missing last year. They sued Blanco and tried to recover some of the cash, according to attorney Steve Williard.


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