HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A former Bon-Ton Stores Foundation employee is facing federal charges for allegedly stealing more than $1.2 million from the charity.

A federal grand jury in Harrisburg returned an indictment Thursday for mail fraud and money laundering charges against 51-year-old Christine DeJuliis of Felton in York County.

U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said Thursday that DeJuliis, an aide to the charity's top administrator since 1999, diverted money from the organization for her own use from 2003 to 2009.

She's accused of creating fictitious businesses and forwarding foundation grants to accounts for those bogus firms that she controlled.

DeJuliis was fired when the alleged fraud was discovered by company officials in July 2009.

The Secret Service and IRS investigated the case based on information from the company.

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