LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a church.
Dr. Brian Reynolds, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Louisville, said the bookkeeper at Saint Gabriel the Archangel Church, located off Bardstown Road, admitted to stealing $12,000 from the church.
In August, the parish noticed some irregularities in its financial records through an audit. They confronted Tammy Goodlett and said she admitted to stealing the money.
Goodlett faced a judge Monday morning and pleaded not guilty. The Archdiocese said the money that was stolen was donated by members and would have gone to the Saint Gabriel School, ministry programs and helping those in need.
Police said Goodlett altered church records to show tuition was paid, even though it was not, causing a loss of more than $10,000. She allegedly used a business credit card for personal use, racking up a bill of more than $2,000. The Archdiocese said Goodlett took the money over the course of two years.
"That kind of break of trust is sad and frustrating and certainly disappointing," said Reynolds.
Goodlett first joined the church back in 2004 as a bookkeeper and was fired after she admitted to stealing the money. She is facing charges of theft by deception and fraudulent use of a credit card.
The Archdiocese said Goodlett has been making restitution to the parish and has paid almost $10,000 back.