Bookkeeper accused of embezzling from NM church

October 16, 2013 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — An Aztec woman is in custody for allegedly embezzling about $80,000 from a Farmington church since 2006.

San Juan County Sheriff’s officials said Wednesday that 66-year-old Anita Johnston is [auth] being held on a $30,000 cash bond.

Deputies were dispatched to the New Life Worship Church on Oct. 4 to investigate the embezzlement allegations.

They say Johnston was contracted to do the bookkeeping for the church.

Detectives executed a search warrant at Johnston’s home office in Aztec on Tuesday and seized documents.

Sheriff’s officials say Johnston has admitted to the embezzlement, but it’s unclear if she was a lawyer yet.

Authorities say Johnston had previously pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in 2002 and embezzlement charges in 2002 and 2010.

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