Accountant charged with stealing from monks' abbey

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FILE - In this July 3, 1998 file photo, Trappist monks observe their first group prayer of the day called Vigils at 3:15 a.m. in Trappist, Ky. Within the walls of the Chapel at the Abbey of Gethsemani the monks read scripture and chant as they begin their day. Police said John Hutchins, an accountant, began diverting money from an account at the Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown in 2008. Hutchins and his wife, Carrie Hutchins, were indicted by a grand jury, Wednesday, May 7, 2014, on multiple counts of felony theft over and under $10,000 and unlawful access to a computer, said Nelson County Sheriff's Detective Jason Allison. He said they were also charged with complicity to commit theft, which "means it was two people working together." (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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FILE - In this July 3, 1998 file photo, Trappist monks observe their first group prayer of the day called Vigils at 3:15 a.m. in Trappist, Ky. Within the walls of the Chapel at the Abbey of Gethsemani the monks read scripture and chant as they begin their day. Police said John Hutchins, an accountant, began diverting money from an account at the Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown in 2008. Hutchins and his wife, Carrie Hutchins, were indicted by a grand jury, Wednesday, May 7, 2014, on multiple counts of felony theft over and under $10,000 and unlawful access to a computer, said Nelson County Sheriff's Detective Jason Allison. He said they were also charged with complicity to commit theft, which "means it was two people working together." (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police say an ex-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 accountant John Hutchins began diverting money in 2008 from an account at the Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown.

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

Luke Morgan, an attorney for John Hutchins, had no comment on the indictments Wednesday. Morgan says the couple will plead not guilty.

The Trappist monks at the 166-year-old abbey take vows of silence. The abbey says Hutchins has been fired.

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