- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - State prosecutors say a probation officer has been accused of theft, money laundering, fraudulent schemes and forgery.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Thursday that a grand jury has indicted 43-year-old Mary Ellen Beck.

He says the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department discovered possible irregularities in Beck’s record-keeping in April and notified his office after an internal investigation.

Beck allegedly engaged in a scheme to defraud probationers under her supervision from August 2012 to May 2015.

The indictment alleges Beck received money orders intended for payment to the state for court-ordered restitution and fees and deposited the money into her personal bank account.

Beck allegedly stole more than $19,000 in money orders from 42 victims.

The indictment also alleges Beck forged her name as the payee on the money orders.

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