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Bookkeeper for nonprofit arrested in embezzlement case

Linda Norris, 35 (State Police)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Hobbs woman is behind bars after police say she embezzled over $50,000 from the nonprofit where she worked.

New Mexico State Police Officer Ray Wilson said Homeland Security arrested 35-year-old Linda Norris in Midland, TX on Wednesday.

She is charged with one count of embezzlement over $20,000 and three counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

The arrest comes as a result of an “intensive” three-month State Police investigation into Norris’ activities as bookkeeper for the Lea County Community Drug Coalition, Wilson said.

He said the investigation, which began in August, found that Norris wrote 25 fraudulent checks to herself, totaling over $22,000 and deposited them into her personal bank account.

State Police also discovered that Norris used the CDC credit card, around 936 times over the course of a year, racking up over $33,000 in charges, Wilson said.

“This brought the total of money taken from the CDC by Ms. Norris to $55,342,” he said.

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