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Woman pleads guilty to embezzlement, tax evasion

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A local woman is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to forgery, embezzlement and tax evasion charges.

Sentencing is set for May 4 for Patricia Moore, 55, who pleaded guilty to the charges on Dec. 20 under a plea agreement with prosecutors, according to a press release issued by the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.

Under the agreement — which calls for Moore to pay restitution — she could be sentenced to as much as three years in prison.

Moore pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement over $20,000, one count of forgery over $2,500 and three counts of attempting to evade or defeat tax, according to the press release.

Prosecutors dropped 38 counts of forgery in exchange for the plea.

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According to a criminal complaint filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court, Moore was accused of writing checks to herself from her employer, Carson Ryan LLC, and forging her employer’s signature, the press release states.

Between October 2014 and July 2018, according to the criminal complaint, Moore embezzled about $280,000.

The case was investigated by the Roswell Police Department and the Tax Fraud Investigations Division of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. It was prosecuted by the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Roswell.

“The Taxation and Revenue Department’s tax fraud investigators regularly collaborate with other state, federal and local law enforcement agencies,” said Taxation and Revenue Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke. “Those who commit white collar crimes will be held accountable for their actions.”

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