SANTA FE – The Santa Fe District Attorney’s Office wants a judge to recuse himself in a high-profile embezzlement case because of statements he made to a local newspaper.
Henrietta Trujillo, 63, faces one count of embezzlement over $20,000 for allegedly stealing over $82,000 in cash from Northern New Mexico College between August 2012 and December 2014 while she was the school’s financial director.
Trujillo admitted to taking the money, as well as about $167,000 in checks, amid State Auditor and State Police investigations in 2017, but she wasn’t charged until this July. District Attorney Marco Serna said he didn’t want to file charges against Trujillo until attorneys came to a plea deal.
On Sept. 16, state District Court Judge Jason Lidyard declined a plea deal that called for Trujillo to avoid jail time in exchange for paying back the $82,000 over five years, saying the deal was “too lenient.”