- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP) - A onetime administrator for the former Show Low Fire District has pleaded not guilty in an embezzlement case.

Authorities say Natalie Cluff, also known as Natalie Bingham, took nearly $1.8 million over several years by falsifying information in the district’s accounting system and submitting fake audits.

She’s charged with two dozen financial crimes, including money laundering, theft, forgery and fraudulent schemes.

Her attorney, Ron Wood, says she entered not guilty pleas earlier this week in Navajo County Superior Court.

The Show Low Fire District merged with two others in 2014, creating the Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District. The chief, Bryan Savage, says audits have been clean in the four years since Cluff was suspended and ultimately resigned in 2012.

Cluff is scheduled for another court hearing next week.

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