"We see that as backup time," said Mark Cheshire, a spokesman for the Baltimore state's attorney's office, which prosecuted the case.
Earl-Hernandez worked at the bar association for 12 years, starting as an office clerk and working her way up to a managerial position and a spot on the association's board. In her most recent job, as administrative director, she oversaw three of its bank accounts.
She stole the money from all three between September 2007 and July 2012, Cheshire said.
Earl-Hernandez wrote checks to herself and to cash, and used withdrawal slips to remove funds from foundation accounts, according to a statement released Friday by the state's attorney's office.
She often withdrew the funds from an M&T Bank location near the bar association's office at 520 W. Fayette St., depositing them directly into her personal account at Bank of America, Cheshire said.