BOWLING GREEN — A former Mammoth Cave National Park employee entered a guilty plea to one count of theft of public money on Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky at Bowling Green.

Leslie Lewis, 60, of Cave City, originally pleaded not guilty to the charge. She is accused of embezzling more than $1,700 on Feb. 23, 2018 during her employment with the national park's Division of Interpretation and Visitors Services in fee management.

Madison Sewell assistant U.S. attorney for Western District of Kentucky, said the maximum penalty Lewis could receive is 10 years in prison with three years of supervised release. She could also be required to pay a fine of no more than $250,000.

Resolution could also be a part of the penalty. The restitution could be as high as $168,000; however, Sewell and Lewis' attorney, David Broderick, have yet to come to a resolution regarding restitution due to Brockerick asking for additional evidence in the case.

Lewis is scheduled to appear in federal court again on Oct. 2 for final sentencing.

After the court hearing, Broderick declined to make a comment.

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