Anita Collins took the Archdiocese/Archbishop of New York for a $million. And over a seven year period, the Catholics didn't even flinch. Or for that matter, even notice. Which, of course, means that the $million was chump change. Chump...chump...chump!
Alright, so the Arch-CHURCH didn't do back round checks on new hires back in 2003. If one had been done, well, Anita would have been exposed for a prior 1999 conviction in which she sucked on a temp agency. But, really, how could the religiots have ever guessed. Anita Collins was a devout worshipper. In addition she was a volunteer, a regular Mass attendee and so white, that she flew below arch-scrutiny's radar. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/she_mortal_sinner_6QHcyZwaVGSrlNgKedatFN
She was crafty... issuing some 450 fake invoices from "companies" she owned. Keeping the payment checks below the $2500 limit, no one noticed. (A check greater than $2500 required an arch-supervisor's authorization.) Anita bought some nice stuff... clothes, jewelry, paintings, furniture, collector dolls etc.
The compelling issue is how a $million could NOT be missed. A requisite must be that a $million is not enough to be of much consequence. Try this test... would you miss a $million from your bank account? But surely, the Archdiocese of New York is b-i-g business and it deals in mega millions, rendering a mere million arch-meaningless.
- archdiocese founded 1850
- area, approx 4700 sq mi
- population 5.8 million of which 2.6 million are Catholics
- approx 1800 priests in service
- about 3200 nuns
- Timothy M Dolan is the Archbishop
- 370 parishes
- St. Patrick is the patron
No word yet how Archbishop Dolan will wring out Collins. For sure, he needs to recover as much of the purloined cash as possible. A liquidation and auction will be needed. As these things go, purchased goods only bring back about twenty cents on the dollar. There is no statement about how much the old lady kept in cash.
Somehow feeling bad for the church seems misplaced. Loaded with money, power and influence, the Archdiocese will poor mouth while basking in the buffer zone glow of existential insecurity. As for Collins, she is an American hero. If she had continued to beat the system for more, she would have become a super hero. Super hero? Oh, that would have been reached when she hit $five million. Rats, er Chumps!! In case it comes up, an arch-hero earns over $ten million...
Helen Mirren should play Anita Collins in the TV movie...
So long 4 now...