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Former Saint Gabriel bookkeeper charged with embezzling funds

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2014) – The former bookkeeper at Saint Gabriel the Archangel Church and School was charged Sept. 18, by federal grand jury, with 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.

Beginning on or about August 13, 2010, and continuing to on or about August 6, 2013, Tammy Goodlett, 47, devised 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, and by means of such fraud, obtained funds and services to which she was not entitled.

Further, on or about August 9, 2012, Goodlett, initiated an electronic transaction in the amount of $4,000 from Saint Gabriel’s bank account with Fifth Third Bank into her own personal bank account, which caused an interstate wire transaction to be initiated from Fifth Third Bank’s servers, located in Kentucky, to the Federal Reserve Bank’s servers, located in New Jersey.

If convicted at trial, Goodlett could be sentenced to no more than 20 years in prison, could be fined no more than $250,000 and serve no more than three years of supervised release.

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.