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Former Cattleman’s manager faces embezzlement charges

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The sign outside Cattleman’s Kountry Kitchen on 2010 S. Main St. in Roswell. A warrant was issued for the arrest of a former manager at the restaurant accused of embezzling $173,091.50 from the business between March 2015 and about December 2017. (Alex Ross Photo)

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The former manager of Cattleman’s Kountry Kitchen faces criminal charges after she allegedly embezzled $173,091.50 from the restaurant over the course of three years.

An arrest warrant was issued for Freda Sanders, 67, of Roswell, Dec. 19, on one count each of embezzlement — second degree over $20,000, and computer access with intent to defraud or embezzle — second degree. She also faces three counts of tax evasion, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the Roswell Police Department.

The issuing of the warrant came following a long investigation conducted by the Roswell Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division with assistance from the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue.

Documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court state that between March 2015 through October 2017, Sanders embezzled $120,006.50 from Cattleman’s business account for her own personal use and made unauthorized electronic internet transfers of $53,085 from Cattleman’s accounts to her own personal bank account.

Sanders is also alleged to have failed to file a New Mexico Personal Income Tax return covering the years 2015, 2016 and 2017, resulting in a tax due and her owing $12,014.

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The embezzlement was first discovered Dec. 13, 2017 when the owner of Cattleman’s noticed two bank transactions totaling $33,813.72 were supposed to be deposited into Cattleman’s business account, court documents state. When the owner checked to see if the money from the two bank transactions had been deposited into the accounts, it was found they had not.

Later, when Cattleman’s owner was reviewing his business account records, he noticed a transaction that stated $500 had been transferred to a personal bank account.

A bank representative later told him that Sanders had transferred the money from Cattleman’s business account into her own personal checking account Dec. 11, 2017, according to court documents.

When she was interviewed by investigators in November 2018, Sanders denied the charges.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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