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Woman pleads guilty to federal theft

A Chesapeake woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $52,000 from the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charleston says 51-year-old Brenda Kay Newton faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine as much as $250,000. She’s due to be sentenced Dec. 6.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Newton, who’s also known as Brenda Kay Mills, entered the guilty plea Monday. Newton was charged last June with endorsing and cashing Railroad Retirement Board checks issued to a dead person from February 2000 to June 2007.