A woman convicted of stealing money from a local charity has been sentenced in provincial court.

Keri Lynn McGrath was sentenced on Wednesday to seven months house arrest.

She's also been ordered to pay back the nearly $40,000 she stole from the Brain Injury Association between January 2009 and January 2010 while she was executive director of the non-profit group.

The theft forced the provincial office to close because of a lack of funds, according to Michelle Ploughman, the organization's president.

McGrath claimed the money was for reimbursements of petty cash, mileage or payments of bonuses or salary.