Boston Herald reports that a former communications executives with Dunkin’ Brands Inc. pleaded guilty Thursday to allegations she steered company business toward a friend in exchange for kickbacks.

Carolyn Kravetz, former director of external communication for Dunkin’ Brands — the owner of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands — was charged with eight counts of mail fraud and filing false tax returns. Federal prosecutors alleged Kravetz steered business to her co-defendant, Boris Levitin, and received a 50 percent cut in return. Levitin received over $396,000 in contracts between September 2004 and November 2005.

Kravetz faces up to 20 years in jail for each count of fraud and three years for each count of filing a false tax return. Sentencing is scheduled for June 2.

Boston Herald