Anita Collins—the 67-year-old woman accused of stealing a million bucks from the the Archdiocese of New York over the seven years she worked for the church—is going to go to jail, but only for 4 1/2 to 9 years. And she won't have to pay back a dime. A Manhattan judge signed off on her plea deal yesterday, but he wasn't happy about it.

"This is a woman who has stolen more than a million dollars from a not-for-profit religious organization, which could be described not only as a crime but a sin," Judge Bart Owen Stone said. "I’m not sure that [the prosecutor's] offer is fair to the organization, which has its own financial difficulties."

Still, he agreed to let the deal go through, much to the relief of the woman's lawyer who says she is "doing poorly" since being arrested in January. "Her health is deteriorating. She’s not eating, and not doing well in confinement. She’s lost quite a lot of weight," said lawyer Howard Simmons, who also argued that she is the only caretake for her daughter—who is now dying from cancer in a Manhattan hospital.

Collins appears to have started stealing from the Archdiocese almost from the moment she started working there as an accounts-payable clerk in 2003. Her trick was that she'd always make sure to write her invoices to her personal bank accounts for less than $2,500—the amount at which she'd need a supervisor's approval. What really makes the whole story sadder is the fact that Collins had actually been busted for financial shenanigans before. Twice, even. The Archdiocese just wasn't doing criminal background checks when she was hired in 2003.