- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - The former treasurer of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Foundation has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for embezzlement and tax evasion.

Prosecutors say 56-year-old Charles W. Fleming also was sentenced Friday to five years of supervised probation after his prison term and ordered to pay full restitution.

The former Clovis certified public accountant was taken into custody immediately after the sentencing to begin his prison term.

A grand jury indicted Fleming for embezzling about $296,000 from the Cattle Growers Foundation.

Fleming was treasurer of the foundation in 2010 and 2011.

During that span, prosecutors say about 20 checks were issued by Fleming and deposited in his personal bank accounts in Clovis.

In February 2013, the Cattle Growers’ president contacted law enforcement about his concerns regarding Fleming’s accounting practices.

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