Former Little Sisters of the Poor bookkeeper sentenced to 27 months

Former Little Sisters of the Poor bookkeeper sentenced to 27 months

Mary Montfort - Police say she embezzled $200,000 from a charity

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A former bookkeeper for the Little Sisters of the Poor has been sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay $364,000 in restitution for embezzling money from the charity and using it to buy herself a new car, among other items.

U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley on Tuesday told 54-year-old Mary "Kathy" Montfort that she was getting one of the lesser sentences available, in part because the judge wanted to make sure as much money gets paid back to the religious order as possible.

Montfort pleaded guilty in April to pilfering the money by forging the names of nuns in writing 43 checks on the organization's account between April 2010 and November 2011.

In a letter and during the hearing, Montfort apologized to the nuns.

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