A woman from Jefferson County is facing up to 160 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding the Little Sisters of the Poor. 53 year old Mary Montfort stole more than $364,000 from the charity, and has admitted in court that she fraudulently issued checks payable to herself and forged the signatures of authorized employees.
Montfort says the money was used to pay her bills, travel, and her daughter's rent, as well as to purchase two vehicles. She was employed as a bookkeeper at the charity. She told authorities that she started on the job in December of 2005, and by 2007 she had started forging signatures on checks.
U-S Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky David J. Hale said, "stealing from a charity whose mission is to help the poor is a crime that will not go unpunished." In addition to a possible prison sentence of up to 160 years, Montfort is facing a maximum fine of $4,000,000. She's scheduled to be sentenced on July 2, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Louisville.