A Hudson Valley woman is accused of stealing over $55,000 from a local church and its elderly priest.

On Thursday, the Ulster County District Attorney's Office announced a grand jury returned a 63-count indictment charging 29-year-old Amanda Weiss, aka Amanda Zehnick, of Kingston on two counts of grand larceny, 26 counts of forgery, 31 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, two counts of criminal tax fraud, scheme to defraud and offering a false instrument for filing.

The indictment alleges that between July 2015 and May 2017 Weiss stole $55,441.00 from St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Kingston and from the church's elderly priest.

Irregularities in the church’s bookkeeping were brought to the attention of the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, who conducted an investigation with the assistance of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

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