A Brunswick woman pleaded guilty to defrauding a federal program and cheating on her taxes after she embezzled more than $300,000 from the nonprofit where she worked.

Stacey A. Backman, 41, was a fund accountant at Coastal Enterprises Inc., a private nonprofit company in Wiscasset which helps fund community development projects, relying in part on federal grant funds.

Backman embezzled the money between 2010 and 2014 and failed to report the money on her federal income tax return, according to an announcement Monday by U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II.

Backman faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for defrauding a federal program and three years in prison and a $100,000 fine on the tax fraud charge.

In 2012, Coastal Enterprises was awarded $1.45 million to help provide startup money for natural-resource, renewable energy and affordable housing companies as part of a federal program to spur job growth.

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