A Maquoketa woman is proposing that she pay back less than 6% of the money she admitted stealing from a local church, court documents say.

Anne Marie Duffy-Doherty, 40, of Maquoketa, pleaded guilty to first-degree theft and forgery, both felonies. 

She also has been charged with unauthorized use of a credit card over $10,000. That charge would be dismissed if the court accepts her plea agreement.

Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 25 at the Jackson County Courthouse.

In the guilty plea she wrote for the court, Duffy-Doherty admitted spending more than $43,000 of the Maquoketa United Church of Christ’s money. She was the church secretary at the time.

According to charging documents, Duffy-Doherty used a church credit card to buy personal items from multiple websites between Oct. 2019 and June 2020. Those purchases totaled more than $14,000.

Then, between Feb. and May 2020, Duffy-Doherty forged someone else’s name on 21 UCC checks to cover the unauthorized credit card purchases, according to charging documents. She did not have permission to sign the checks, which equaled more than $13,600.

All told, between September 2019 and August 2020, she allegedly made unauthorized purchases with UCC’s bank account and debit card for an overall total of more than $43,000, according to charging documents.

Charging documents claim Duffy-Doherty did not reimburse the church for those purchases.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, which has not been approved by the court, Duffy-Doherty would receive a 10-year suspended jail sentence and three years of supervised probation on the theft charge. A $1,370 fine would be suspended, but she could pay applicable fees, surcharges and court costs.

Duffy-Doherty would pay $2,459.22 in restitution to Maquoketa United Church of Christ on the theft charge.

On the forgery charge, a five-year prison sentence would be suspended, as would a $1,025 fine. 

Sentinel-Press attempts to reach Duffy-Doherty and her attorney, Scott Nelson, went unanswered.