SEATTLE (AP) — A former employee of Seattle Public Utilities has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million from the utility.

The Seattle Times reports that Joseph Phan, a project engineer for Seattle Public Utilities, was arrested and charged with 70 counts of first-degree theft in March 2012.

Phan pleaded guilty Thursday to 67 counts. King County prosecutors say he diverted checks from developers and homeowners for water-main extension projects and water-meter installations into his own private account.

Prosecutors told Superior Court Judge John Erlick that they would seek a sentence of 7 1/2 years.

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