Published: Mar 20, 2013 6:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - The former CEO of a Miami Beach health center that helps the poor and uninsured has pleaded guilty to a $6 million embezzlement scam.
    
The plea was entered Wednesday in Miami federal court by 64-year-old Kathryn Abbate. She faces up to 10 years in prison for theft of money from federally funded programs.
    
Abbate led the Miami Beach Community Health Center from 2002 to 2012. The center provides care to people who cannot pay through Medicaid and federal cash grants.
    
Prosecutors say Abbate had more than 800 of the center's checks worth $3 million made payable to her for so-called community development. In fact, the money was for Abbate's personal use.
    
Abbate also admitted having the center pay her another $3 million for vacation and benefits she never earned.

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