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Couple in court to face abbey theft charges

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) - A former bookkeeper at a central Kentucky abbey and his wife are pleading not guilty to dozens of charges that they took more than $1 million from the abbey.

John and Carrie Hutchins appeared in a Nelson County courtroom Thursday morning for an arraignment. They were each indicted earlier this month on a total of 348 charges.

Police say John Hutchins began embezzling money from the Abbey of Gethsemani in 2008.

The Catholic monks at the 166-year-old abbey take vows of silence and operate Gethsemani on the profits from selling desserts and cheeses through the mail. In February, staffers discovered some improper financial transactions and told police.

WDRB-TV in Louisville reports that a judge set the trial for September.

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