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5:06 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Former New Mexico Mortuary Worker Charged In Massive Embezzlment

Court document show that a former employee of a Las Vegas, N.M. mortuary has been charged with stealing more than $200,000 from the company in a massive embezzlement scheme that went undetected for years.

The Las Vegas Optic reports that 62-year-old Molly Martinez was recently charged with multiple counts of embezzlement against Rogers Mortuary after state police discovered that $440,000 had gone missing.

Martinez was fired in 2011 after the money was found missing.

State investigators say that from 2005 through 2011, her annual salary averaged $26,606. Yet, authorities say, since 2002, Martinez's registered gambling activities totaled $785,653.

Martinez has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Her attorney, Eugenio Mathis, declined to comment about the case.

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Information from: Las Vegas Optic, http://www.lasvegasoptic.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.