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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 21, 2014

Former Bookkeeper At Saint Gabriel The Archangel Church And School Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Funds


– Agreed to restitution in the amount of $83,191 to the Louisville Parish

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The former bookkeeper at Saint Gabriel the Archangel Church and School pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge James D. Moyer, to embezzling $83,191 in funds from the Louisville parish by means of wire fraud announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Tammy Goodlett, 48, of Louisville, admitted in U.S. District Court to devising a scheme to defraud Saint Gabriel. According to the single count indictment, Goodlett committed wire fraud when, as bookkeeper, she exceeded her authorized access by transferring funds from Saint Gabriel’s bank account to her own bank accounts, made unauthorized credit card expenditures, and manipulated financial records to make unpaid debts appear paid. The fraud to obtain funds and services to which she was not entitled began on or about August 13, 2010, and continued to on or about August 6, 2013. Specifically, Goodlett used Saint Gabriel’s credit card for personal expenses, such as concert tickets, without authorization. Also, Goodlett admitted to manipulating Saint Gabriel’s financial records to make it appear that she had paid her daughter’s school tuition at Saint Gabriel when she had not made the payments.

Goodlett has agreed to pay restitution to the victim, Saint Gabriel the Archangel Church and School in the amount of $83,191.

If convicted at trial, Goodlett faced a sentence of no more than 20 years in prison, a fine of no more than $250,000 and a three year period of supervised release. Goodlett is scheduled for sentencing in Louisville on February 27, 2015, at 1 pm before Senior District Judge John G. Heyburn II.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie Zimdahl and is being investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Updated December 15, 2014