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CHARLESTON, West Virginia -
Multifest Executive Director Susan Stark, 55, pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges Friday in U.S. Federal Court. 

Stark admitted that she stole more than $300,000 from Multi Cultural Festival of WV, Inc, the organization that runs Multifest. The money was written in small checks to herself and family members for gambling expenses, according to court records.

The money was not reported to the Internal Revenue Service as income. 

"Obviously $300,000 is a substantial amount of money to any company, but it's especially significant to a small business or charity," said US Attorney Booth Goodwin in a news release about the plea. "

Starks admitted that beginning in or about 2005 and continuing until 2010, she embezzled approximately $306,000 from MultiFest. She also admitted additional unreported taxable income of approximately $200,000. 

Starks also faces three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. She is sentenced April 2.