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Nelson Co. couple charged with stealing $1M from monks

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former accountant at a Nelson County abbey run by Catholic monks has been indicted on dozens of charges alleging he stole more than $1 million from the institution.

The Nelson County Sheriff's Department says John Hutchins worked as an accountant at the Abbey of Gethsemani when he began embezzling money from an abbey-owned account in 2008.

Documents show Hutchins and his wife, Carrie, Hutchins, were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on 87 counts of felony theft and 87 counts of unlawful access to a computer, along with 174 counts of complicity to commit those crimes, for a total of 348 indictments.

Luke Morgan, an attorney for John Hutchins, had no comment on the indictments Wednesday. Morgan said the couple will plead not guilty at their arraignment later this month.

The Nelson County Sheriff's Department launched the investigation in February after receiving complaints from the abbey.

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