A Breathitt County woman has pleaded guilty to stealing $211,000 from an agriculture program where she worked.
Debra Marshall, 49, of Clayhole pleaded guilty Monday to mail fraud, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey.
Marshall worked as the administrative secretary at the Breathitt County Soil Conservation District, which receives federal, state and local money to support a variety of programs, including soil conservation, heifer development and forage improvement.
Marshall admitted that between 2005 and March 2010, she paid herself extra money, embezzled grant money that was supposed to go to farmers, and used the district's credit card for personal purchases.
When the district's operating account ran low because of her thefts, Marshall cashed in its certificates of deposit and put that money into the other account, according to the news release.
Marshall admitted that she falsified records to cover up the scheme. Marshall faces up to 20 years in prison. She is to be sentenced in June.
The indictment included a count under which the government said that if it could not recover money from Marshall, it would seize items including a mobile home, a John Deere tractor, and a Dodge Ram pickup truck.