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UVM employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A former University of Vermont employee has pleaded guilty to embezzlement.

Jody Farnham, 55, who provided administrative support to the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese and co-authored a book on cheesemaking, pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling at least $185,000 over six years ending in 2012.

Court documents say she is accused of altering tuition checks from enrollees in the cheesemaking program to make herself a co-payee and then depositing them in her bank account. Federal prosecutors say she also stole some cash tuition payments and misused UVM credit cards.

The U.S. attorney's office says the embezzlement took place when UVM had received substantial amounts of federal funding.

She faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when she is sentenced in June.

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