Former AZ fire district administrator faces felony charges - Albuquerque Journal

Former AZ fire district administrator faces felony charges

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Authorities say a woman who oversaw finances for the former Show Low Fire District embezzled nearly $1.8 million over several years.

A Navajo County grand jury recently indicted Natalie Cluff on multiple felony charges. She’s scheduled for an arraignment Monday.

Her father, former Show Low Fire District Chief Ben Owens Sr., also is accused of financial crimes.

The charges came after the state auditor general’s office looked into the district’s finances. The report released Tuesday found that Cluff unlawfully issued hundreds of checks between February 2005 and June 2012 and submitted fake audits.

A telephone number listed for Cluff was disconnected. She did not respond to messages sent to possible email addresses.

Owens did not immediately return a telephone message left with his wife Wednesday.

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