Employee Charged with Stealing From Monks' Abbey

By Associated Press | 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- An employee at a central Kentucky abbey run by an order of Catholic monks has been indicted on charges that he stole more than $1 million from the institution.

Police say John Hutchins, an accountant, began diverting money from an account at the Abbey of Gethsemani in 2008.

Nelson County Sheriff's Detective Jason Allison says Hutchins and his wife, Carrie Hutchins, were indicted Wednesday on multiple counts of felony theft over and under $10,000 and unlawful access to a computer.

Allison says Hutchins wife did not work at the abbey near Bardstown, which has been run by Roman Catholic Trappist monks for more than 150 years.

An attorney for Hutchins did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday. A phone message left at the abbey was not returned.

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