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Claudia Humphrey, American Canyon resident, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to stealing public money and trying to cover it up while head of a Fairfield nonprofit.

Humphrey, former head of domestic violence nonprofit LIFT3 Support Group, transferred more than $270,000 in federal grant funding to her own bank account, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release that cited court documents. She used more than $50,000 of federal grant money on travel, shopping and payments to family, prosecutors said.

The money was to be used solely for victims of domestic violence.

Humphrey attempted to interfere with an audit of LIFT3 by falsifying purchase documents to suggest computers were purchased, according to the release. She also falsified expense and time sheets.

She could face a fine of $250,000, 20 years in prison for falsifying records in a federal investigation and 10 years in prison for stealing public money.

The case was prosecuted in the federal Eastern District of California in Sacramento.

U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley is scheduled to sentence her on Jan. 3.

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Courtney Teague is the Napa Valley Register public safety reporter.