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Director of crime-tip group accused of embezzlement, resigns

FARMINGTON, N.M. — The former executive director of Crime Stoppers, a San Juan County organization that seeks anonymous crime-solving tips, has been arrested on charges alleging she embezzled more than $2,300.

A criminal complaint accuses 31-year-old Carlee Hooper with embezzlement and tampering with evidence, and an arrest warrant affidavit alleges she made unreported charges by using a bank card attached to a Crime Stoppers bank account and deleted evidence on a Crime Stoppers phone.

The Daily Times reports that defense attorney Shellie Patscheck says Hooper didn’t have any malicious intent and that the accusations against her client are based solely on account discrepancies.

Crime Stoppers board Chairman Curtis McGee says Hooper has resigned as executive director and that the organization wants to maintain the integrity of its work with the county Sheriff’s Office.