Carlsbad woman pleads not guilty to embezzling $800,000
Feb. 04, 2018
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Carlsbad woman has pleaded not guilty to federal wire fraud charges in connection with an $800,000 embezzlement scheme.
Prosecutors say 54-year-old Lori Whitaker was arraigned Friday at the federal courthouse in Las Cruces.
She was released pending trial, which hasn't been scheduled.
Whitaker is facing a 75-count indictment charging her with perpetrating a scheme to defraud her former employer over a two-year period.
Whitaker was an office manager for the Otis Mutual Domestic Water Consumers and Sewage Works Association.
The non-profit association provides potable water and a wastewater system to more than 4,300 people in Otis, New Mexico.
Whitaker allegedly transmitted funds between March 2015 and February 2017 as part of a scheme to defraud the association.
Prosecutors say the 75 wired transactions ranged from $416 to nearly $16,000.