Bloomfield ex-parks head no longer faces felony

September 1, 2012 • State News

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed a felony embezzlement charge filed against the former parks director of Bloomfield.

Bob Carman had been accused of taking sheets of metal belonging to the northwestern New Mexico community. He allegedly had a city employee use the metal, worth about $500 a sheet, to repair his horse trailer.

The chief deputy of the local District Attorney’s Office says prosecutors didn’t believe they could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Dustin O’Brien tells the Farmington Daily Times ( ) that intent to commit a crime wasn’t clear.

Carman’s attorney says prosecutors never had a legitimate case and that he’s pleased they came to their senses.

Carman had been fired from his city position in July 2011.

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