12/08/2014 11:20 EST | Updated 02/07/2015 05:59 EST

Lise Thibault, ex-Quebec lieutenant-governor, pleads guilty to 6 charges

Former Quebec lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault is changing her plea from not guilty to guilty on six of the eight charges against her after she was accused of misspending $291,000. 

Thibault was facing eight counts for fraud, forgery and breach of trust in connection with allegations she misspent public funds. 

She is pleading guilty to fraud and breach of trust, but not forgery, and is offering to pay back several hundred thousand dollars. 

Thibault was first charged in 2009 after the Journal de Quebec revealed she spent public funds on herself and her family during her 10-year tenure. 

Allegations of misspending first came to light at the end of her term, after a Quebec auditor's report challenged $711,200 of expenses, including housing and meals already paid for by the province.​

However, the criminal case only alleged $291,000 in illegal spending.

Her trial had been adjourned in August after she began testifying in her own defence, because she had fallen ill.