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New Mexico judge rejects college embezzlement case plea deal

New Mexico judge rejects college embezzlement case plea deal

Associated Press
September 17, 2019 01:19 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico judge has rejected a plea deal for a former college financial director who acknowledged misappropriating thousands of dollars from the school.
    
Prosecutors say 63-year-old Henrietta Trujillo was charged with embezzlement over $20,000 in July, more than two years after she told state police she took $82,000 in cash and another $167,000 in checks.
    
Prosecutors say the deal required the Northern New Mexico College employee to plead guilty to the felony charge and receive a nine-year suspended sentence with the requirement that she pay $82,000 to the college and $4,300 to the state.
    
Defense attorney says it took two years to arrive at the plea agreement with the state.
    
The District Attorney's Office said in May that they wanted to negotiate a plea deal before filing charges.

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