PORTLAND — A Maine woman who once worked for the federal government at Yellowstone National Park has admitted to stealing nearly $7,500 from the park.

Danel Nickerson of Kittery pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Maine on Tuesday to embezzlement of government money.

The 45-year-old Nickerson was indicted in January by a grand jury in Casper, Wyo. The case was moved to Maine at her request.

Prosecutors say Nickerson’s job at the park in 2007 included counting cash that had been collected at park entry points. Authorities say she stole the money by concealing cash-filled envelopes with other paperwork on her desk, or by hiding them in her trash.

The Bangor Daily News reports that her lawyer says she has paid full restitution.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 8.

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