PORTLAND — A former TD Bank employee from Auburn accused of crediting her own account with nearly $1.7 million, and spending more than $14,000 on furniture and clothes, has been released on $5,000 bail.

Tasha Hilts made her first appearance in federal court in Portland on Thursday to face a charge of bank theft, following her arrest Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the 28-year-old Hilts was hired by TD Bank in January 2009 to work in its Auburn call center. Authorities say between August 2010 and September 2010, she posted $1,670,550 of provisional credit to her TD Bank checking account and $9,505 to her TD Bank savings account.

The Bangor Daily News reports Hilts used the money for furnishings for a new apartment and clothing.

The bank calculated its loss at $14,535.

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