By Associated Press - Friday, March 20, 2015

DEMING, N.M. (AP) - An employee with the Deming public school district has been accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from two fundraisers at Bataan Elementary School.

Luna County Sheriff’s Capt. Jose Martinez tells The Deming Headlight ( that 45-year-old Felicita Villa was charged this week. He says she’s been ordered to appear in magistrate court.

It was not immediately clear if Villa had a lawyer.

According to a sheriff’s report, school officials said they suspected Villa of taking more than $2,400 from a fundraiser that she had been in charge of.

Sheriff’s officials say they also learned about $1,580 was missing from a separate fundraiser.

Villa initially denied taking the money during an interview with Martinez, but authorities say she later confessed to using the money to pay bills.


Information from: Headlight,

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