The former head of the Bellaire Water Department admitted in court she is indeed guilty of stealing the money that citizens had paid for their water bills.
Lisa Flaherty was suddenly missing, after state auditors were sent to Bellaire to examine the books.
She was found months later in the state of New York, and she was arrested and brought back to Belmont County to face charges.
She entered pleas of guilty to theft in office, tampering with evidence and tampering with records.
"Well, she is set for sentencing next month in November," says Chris Berhalter, Belmont County prosecutor. "At that time we are going to ask that an actual term of incarceration in prison be imposed. What happened here is theft of public funds and that's something that can never be tolerated."