BANGOR, Maine — An Orland woman waived indictment and pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in connection with the embezzlement of more than $140,000 from an Ellsworth eye care facility.
Carolyn J. Saunders, 57, is scheduled on Sept. 16 to change her plea to guilty to one count of theft or embezzlement in connection with health care.
She remains free on personal recognizance bail.
Saunders allegedly stole money from Coastal Eye Care and Surgery Center between Nov. 7, 2011, and April 28, 2015, when worked as the financial administrator for the practice.
She repeatedly stole a portions of the cash receipts before making bank deposits, according to the prosecution version of events to which she is expected to plead guilty next month.
“Some of the cash she would spend directly and some she would deposit into her own accounts,” the court document said. “She repeated this process scores of times over more than four years, often taking hundreds of dollars at a time for her own personal gain.”
Once convicted, Saunders faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. She is expected to be ordered to pay restitution.