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A Rhode Island church organist, known as the “church lady,” pleaded not guilty to four counts of larceny over $250 in Attleboro District Court in Massachusetts.The woman, Denise Manderville is accused of stealing $3,000 from four severely disabled adults at a Mansfield, Mass.group home, operated by the Kennedy-Donovan Center. Manderville had worked as a caretaker for the four adults at the facility. The “church lady” allegedly spent the stolen money on slot machines at Connecticut’s Foxwoods Casino. Attorney Joshua Werner, a name partner in the South Easton, Mass. firm Werner & Filipek, says that if the alleged crimes were committed and the proceeds were spent as is being charged, then his client has other, more serious issues with which to contend. “If in fact the evidence is correct,” Werner told reporters, “it would certainly seem reasonable to assume that an individual addicted to gambling can certainly lead them to conduct themselves in a fashion similar to individuals who are addicted to alcohol, narcotic substances or prescription medication.” Manderville is currently free on $2,500 cash bail.

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