ST. LOUIS (AP) – The former treasurer of a church-affiliated charity in St. Charles County faces sentencing in January after admitting that she embezzled donor money from the church.

Federal authorities say 53-year-old Nancy O’Donnell of St. Peters pleaded guilty Wednesday to mail fraud.

O’Donnell was treasurer for the St. Joseph Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a non-profit organization providing furniture, food, clothing, rent, utility payments and other help for the needy. Donations for the conference come mostly from parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cottleville.

Federal prosecutors say O’Donnell opened a sham checking account in 2006 and deposited cash and check donations into that account or her personal account. It wasn’t clear how much money she embezzled.

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