CLARKSTON, Ga. -- A former Clarkston city councilwoman has admitted to embezzling more than $60,000 from a community center.

Joan Swaney, 67, pleaded guilty in federal court. She had pleaded not guilty when she was indicted in October.

Swaney was first elected to the Clarkston City Council in 2010. She also worked as office manager for the Clarkston Community Center from 2003 until 2012.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Swaney wrote checks to herself from the community center's bank account. She used the money to pay for personal expenses, including car repairs, credit card bills and a family vacation. She also withdrew cash from the community center's BB&T account.

"As a Clarkston councilwoman, Swaney's personal motto was 'live with purpose, act with integrity,'" Yates said in a statement. "Unfortunately, she failed to live up to these ideals when she stole tens of thousands of dollars from the Clarkston Community Center."

Swaney resigned her position with the city council after her indictment.

She will be sentenced on Mar. 6.

The charges against Swaney carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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