Former head of charity pleads guilty in embezzlement case

The former lead fundraiser of a Louisiana hospital foundation has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $550,000 for his personal use

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The former lead fundraiser of a Louisiana hospital foundation has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $550,000 for his personal use.

News outlets report 49-year-old John Paul Funes entered guilty pleas Thursday on charges of wire fraud and money laundering.

In a statement, Funes' attorney Walt Green said his client's guilty pleas are a step toward Funes taking full responsibility for his actions. Green says Funes is "extremely remorseful."

Funes could spend 20 years in prison for each count. He could be forced to pay up to $750,000 plus any restitution ordered by a judge.