ELLSWORTH — A former corrections officer is facing jail time after pleading guilty to stealing more than $10,000 by falsifying her time sheets.

Hancock County District Attorney Michael Povich told the Bangor Daily News that 53-year-old Janine Gardner has pleaded guilty to theft as part of a plea agreement. Her sentencing has been pushed back until April 2011 to give her time to pay $11,550 in restitution.

Gardner was accused of falsifying her hours at the Hancock County Jail for more than four years between 2005 and 2009. She resigned shortly after the allegations surfaced.

Her attorney, Jeff Toothaker, says Gardner is trying to find work and sell her house to pay back the county.