WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue September 4, 2012
Louisville Woman Sentenced for Little Sisters of the Poor Embezzlement
A woman from Louisville is heading to prison for embezzling money from the Little Sisters of the Poor. Investigators say the woman stole more than $364,000 from the charity. Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley sentenced 53-year-old Mary K. Montfort to 27 months in federal prison. She also must pay restitution of the money she was accused of stealing from the national charity.
Prosecutors say she forged authorized signatures on checks and deposited them in her husband’s bank account. She admitted to investigators that she used the money to purchase two vehicles, to cover her travel expenses and bills, and to pay her daughter’s rent, among other things.
U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, David J. Hale, says Montfort stole, “hundreds of thousands of dollars intended for the elderly poor in our community. In doing so, she placed her greed and self-interest before the needs of the most helpless among us. “