DA: Woman stole thousands from Kingston church

The former assistant administrator at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Uptown Kingston has been accused of stealing almost $70,000 in church funds and a priest’s personal money over a 20-month period, the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday, Sept. 1.

According to the DA’s office, Amanda Weiss, 28, of Kingston is charged with taking a total of $68,675.80 from the accounts of St. Joseph’s Church and from the personal account of one of the church’s priests. Prosecutors allege Weiss falsified bank records, invoices and the church’s check register, and that she also possessed forged and stolen checks.

The investigation, prosecutors said, started back in June. Weiss was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 31.


In connection with the theft of the church funds, she is charged with second-degree grand larceny, a felony; four counts of first-degree falsifying business records, a felony; and 26 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony. In connection with the theft of the church’s funds, she was charged with third-degree grand larceny, a felony; six counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony; and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony. She was also charged with felony first-degree scheme to defraud.

Members of the District Attorney’s Office were assisted in their investigation by members of the Archdiocese of New York and a detective from the Kingston Police Department.

There are 6 comments

  1. Laurel DeMicco

    I don’t believe any of it. As for the wise comments from Robin, you’re a jerk. If you know Amanda you wouldn’t have had any kind of remarks like that. We love you Amanda no matter what. I support you 100 percent. I love you with all my heart.

  2. Paul

    Obviously, she has a problem somewhere in her life, and needs to address it. I’m disappointed as , my son went to school there for ten years . My prayers are with everyone involved.

  3. Karen. L

    What Would God Do? That is What The Church and Court Should Do.

    This is Really a Church issue and The Govt Should Not be Involved.
    especially if this person was a member of the church, legally speaking the money is technically part hers as a church member
    Not Really the Govts business to get involved in tax free church. Now the tax free church wants to use the government paid services as court system ect.

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