THE FORMER CFO of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia admitted on Friday in Common Pleas Court to stealing more than $906,000 from the Archdiocese from 2004 until the summer of 2011.
Anita Guzzardi, 43, of Barrington, Camden County, could face up to a maximum of 10?1/2 to 21 years in prison when she is sentenced Aug. 24, the District Attorney's Office said Monday.
The plea was not unexpected. Guzzardi had waived her right to a preliminary hearing in April, and defense attorney Louis R. Busico said then that she planned to admit her wrongdoing.
Busico said Guzzardi, who has no prior criminal history, is "genuinely remorseful" and has "worked hard to right" the situation. Guzzardi has already repaid more than $250,000 to the Archdiocese, the D.A.'s office said.