- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) - An ex-financial director for a Northeast Texas group dedicated to helping needy people has pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal $1.2 million in federal funds.

Cynthia Hillard Campbell of Mount Pleasant remains free on bond pending sentencing in Texarkana.

Campbell on Wednesday pleaded guilty, in a plea deal, to conspiracy to commit an offense against or to defraud the U.S. government. She faces up to five years in prison.

Campbell was comptroller for Mount Vernon-based Northeast Texas Opportunities. The agency served Red River, Titus, Lamar, Franklin, Morris, Rains, Hopkins and Delta counties.

Eleven people associated with the now-defunct group were indicted in February. Prosecutors allege the suspects, since 2011, wrote checks on agency accounts, shared the cash or spent the money on personal items.

Campbell’s co-defendants await trial.

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