A Waterville woman pleaded guilty Oct. 30 in federal court to embezzling over $515,000 from her employer, Unity College, and now faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud.

According to court documents, Beth Bing, 49, worked in the college’s business office, where her responsibilities included validating corporate credit card purchases and paying the college’s bills.

From December 2014 through October 2019, Bing used the college’s corporate credit cards to purchase goods and make cash advances. The charges included personal travel and lodging, cigarettes, automotive repairs and purchases at various Walmart stores.

Court documents show that around August 2018, Bing used the corporate credit card to purchase $150 of goods from Amazon, including a wedding dress. Losses sustained by Unity College from Bing's scheme totaled $516,834.

Bing, previously known as Beth Safford, was given a corporate card for official purposes. All cards were paid through Unity College’s operating account at Bangor Savings Bank, but each card bore an individual card number and the name of the employee or corporate office to which the card was issued.

After executing a search warrant at Bing's home, law enforcement found fraudulently purchased items.

A press release from the Maine Attorney General's Office says Bing faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine. She will be sentenced after  completion of a pre-sentencing investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The FBI and the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.