A central Iowa woman has admitted to stealing nearly half-a-million dollars from her employer. The U.S. Attorney for Iowa’s southern district says 38-year-old Stacey Lynn Gross of Adel pled guilty to mail and tax fraud.

Gross admitted to taking up to 480-thousand dollars while she was the office manage of Data Business Equipment in Des Moines. Gross’ plea agreement said she wrote checks to her credit card company and paid her mortgage company and then tried to cover it up in the company’s books.

She’ll be sentenced on February 17th, and could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison with a one-million dollar fine, if she is given the maximum penalty allowed under the charges.