BANGOR — The former treasurer of a small central Maine town has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $200,000 in town money.

Cindy Dunton pleaded guilty to felony theft Monday in Penobscot County Superior Court. She told the judge she hoped to “heal the wounds” she has caused the residents of Newburgh.

Dunton was fired as Newburgh’s deputy town clerk and treasurer in March 2010 after selectmen discovered financial discrepancies. The Bangor Daily News reported that an examiner found that Dunton stole $199,536 between 2006 and 2009 and used the money to pay her property taxes and health premiums, while writing numerous checks to herself and her husband. Dunton’s lawyer said Dunton’s husband was unaware of the thefts.

A sentencing date has not been scheduled. She faces up to 10 years in prison.

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