A former employee of the Girard National Bank has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing more than $2.5 million from the bank.

Cynthia Bright, 55, of Girard, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita, Kansas, to a single count of bank fraud. The U.S. attorney's office in Wichita said Bright admitted stealing the money over a 10-year period while she was employed as the operations supervisor at the bank.

The U.S. attorney's office said the defendant used several methods to steal money from the bank. She would write checks on her account and alter electronic bank records those checks would clear without depleting her account. Other times, she removed paper checks and altered records to post checks to other accounts. She also diverted funds from the bank's accounts to her accounts and would write large counter checks to conceal the losses.

The defendant will be sentenced Sept. 15. Her plea agreement calls for a term of 70 months in a federal prison and a restitution order for the full amount of her theft.

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