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PHILADELPHIA — A former financial executive of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $900,000 from the church.

Anita Guzzardi, 42, of Haddon Heights, N.J., pleaded guilty Friday to charges of theft by deception, unlawful use of a computer and forgery.

Prosecutors say Guzzardi used hundreds of church checks to pay personal credit card bills from 2005 to 2011. The investigation began after American Express contacted authorities.

Guzzardi worked for the Philadelphia Archdiocese since 1989 and had just been promoted to chief financial officer at the time of her arrest. Her sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 24.

Guzzardi’s attorney did not return a call seeking comment Monday.

Prosecutors said they have recovered more than $250,000 of the funds.


NATO summit protesters plead not guilty to plotting attack

CHICAGO — Three NATO summit protesters have pleaded not guilty to charges that accuse them of plotting to attack President Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago with Molotov cocktails.

Brian Church of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jared Chase of Keene, N.H., and Brent Vincent Betterly of Oakland Park, Fla., appeared at their arraignment in a Cook County courtroom Monday in jail jumpsuits with their legs shackled.

Their attorneys told Judge Thaddeus Wilson that the men were pleading not guilty to all 11 counts, including four filed under Illinois’ never-before-used anti-terrorism statutes. The other counts include several arson charges.

The protesters have been jailed since May after being arrested days before the NATO summit began in Chicago. If convicted, each could spend decades in prison.

From wire dispatches and staff reports