Albuquerque lawyer allegedly embezzled $130k from Gallup restaurant owner

Updated: 08/29/2014 10:30 PM | Created: 08/29/2014 3:47 PM
By: Blair Miller,

Albuquerque-based lawyer Cody Kelley is under investigation by Albuquerque White Collar Crime Detectives for allegedly embezzling $130,000 from a Gallup man who was awarded that amount in damages for building repairs at his restaurant.

According to police, the victim allegedly sent four separate checks, totaling $130,000, to Kelley for fund disbursement, which was never made.

The victim allegedly tried to get in touch with Kelley multiple times without success, but no money was ever disbursed.

Police found that all four checks had been deposited into Kelley's checking account within a three-month period. No money had been paid to the victim or for building repairs.

Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Kelley after trying, and failing, to interview him multiple times.

Kelley was previously appointed to the New Mexico Lottery Board in 1999, and was reappointed in 2005 before resigning his position as Vice Chairman after DWI and domestic violence allegations came to light in 2008.

In 2006, Kelley allegedly rolled his truck several times on Pan American NE, before he and his passenger walked to a nearby bar. The DWI case and a domestic violence case both were dismissed after a lack of prosecution.

APD asks anyone with knowledge of Kelley's whereabouts to contact 242-COPS.

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