The missing funds came to light after St. Patrick's conducted an audit upon learning that Ms. Morris allegedly charged seminary purchases to her personal credit card, reportedly to rack up airline miles, then reimbursed herself.
Her secretary, Evelyn Vallacqua, 44, allegedly collected illicit severance pay with the director's approval and helped issue improper reimbursement checks.
Ms. Morris pleaded not guilty on March 29 to four counts of felony embezzlement and one count of taking more than $65,000 worth of property while committing a felony. She is out on $200,000 bail, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 12.
Her co-defendant is also out of custody on $10,000 bail. Ms. Vallacqua's arraignment is set for April 30.
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