BANGOR — A former employee of the charitable arm of a Maine hospital group has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $56,000 from the nonprofit.

Prosecutors say 47-year-old Laurena Cunningham of Bangor pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing from Healthcare Charities, the charitable arm of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

Prosecutors say Cunningham was responsible for handing donations to a courier who deposited the money. She allegedly skimmed cash donations and made up the difference with donated checks held back from earlier deposits.

Authorities say the money was stolen between November 2011 and March.

The Bangor Daily News reports that Healthcare Charities discovered the missing funds through a regular accounting review.

Cunningham faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing scheduled for next month.

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