- Associated Press - Saturday, July 19, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque woman is accused of siphoning more than $70,000 from her church.

KOAT-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1mZZH57) that 39-year-old Misty White was free on bond Thursday following her arrest on an embezzlement charge.

According to a criminal complaint, White used her volunteer position at Indian Nation Baptist Church to access church bank accounts.

White, who has been treasurer since 2011, allegedly used cash withdrawals and checks at grocery stores and restaurants. She also depleted another account reserved for buying the church a new building.

Pastor Scott Tafoya says the embezzlement came to light after the bank called about a check bouncing. The check was made out to a day care center attended by one of White’s children.

Police say the amount of stolen funds will likely rise as the investigation continues.

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Information from: KOAT-TV, https://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/index.html


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