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Booster club charges dropped for one defendant; Other woman involved in case still faces felony charges; is scheduled to stand trial

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Charges against one of two women accused of embezzling funds from a Roswell High School booster club have been dropped, at least for the time being.
Special prosecutor Scot D. Key dismissed three felony counts of embezzlement against Kimberly Guerrero, 43, on Jan. 20, but has reserved the right to refile charges at a later date. The dismissal is on the grounds that “further discovery is necessary.”
Reached at her home, Guerrero said, “I didn’t know they were dropped,” and referred other questions to her Ruidoso lawyer, who was in trial and did not return messages by press time.
Guerrero and Deborah Perry, 59, were accused of misappropriating funds meant for the Roswell High cheerleader’s booster club. Guerrero had served as the president of the club, while Perry had been a cheerleading coach.
The charges against Perry, two felony counts of embezzlement and one felony count of tampering with evidence, have been bound over to the Fifth Judicial District Court and a trial date of July 12 has been set. Perry has entered not guilty pleas to all three counts. A call to her attorney was not returned by press time.
According to a criminal complaint filed with the courts Sept. 15, 2016, a Chaves County Sheriff’s Department investigator alleged that Guerrero and Perry misappropriated at least $48,500 during 2014 and 2015. Both Guerrero and Perry were accused of diverting sponsorship or fundraising money to personal accounts or for personal use. The original criminal complaint also alleged that Guerrero had used a booster club account debit card to withdraw money or pay for transactions unrelated to cheer team activities.
The criminal complaint stated that Perry acknowledged in an interview with the investigator that she wrongly used school money for booster club activities, but she is reported to have ended the interview when asked what had happened to the missing money.
Key, deputy district attorney of the 12th Judicial District, is also the special prosecutor in Perry’s case. That case is assigned to Judge Kea Riggs of the Fifth Judicial District Court of Chaves County.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.