JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The suspended office manager for a New Jersey college’s student government organization has admitted stealing $502,000 in student funds.

Forty-eight-year-old Shaunette Ruffin-Moody of Jersey City pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges of embezzlement and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

She faces up to three years in prison when she’s sentenced March 24.

Ruffin-Moody was suspended without pay earlier this year from her job at New Jersey City University in Jersey City. Prosecutors say she and her 51-year-old husband, Alexander Moody, conspired to issue about 219 unauthorized checks made payable to themselves and three others.

The couple also faces state charges related to the thefts.

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