Suspect is accused of embezzling about $4,000


FARMINGTON — An Aztec woman is accused of embezzling more than $4,000 from an Aztec gas station.

Tanya Hernandez, 34, was charged on Sept. 18 in Aztec Magistrate Court with one third-degree felony count of embezzlement (over $2,500 but not more than $20,000), according to court documents.

She waived her preliminary hearing on Thursday and the case has been bound over to district court.

Hernandez is accused of embezzling about $4,024 from the Giant gas station at 417 N. Main St. this summer, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Mary Weber, Hernandez's public defender, declined to comment on the case.

An officer for the Aztec Police Department was dispatched on Aug. 19 to the Giant gas station on reports of an employee embezzling money from the business, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

A district manager told police a manager from another store visited the store at 417. N. Main St. to do the paperwork for Aug. 18.

The visiting manager noticed $871.17 was missing from the store safe, according to court documents.

She also noticed $660 was missing from a deposit bag for Aug. 17. The district manager told police Hernandez is the only person with access to the safe and deposits.

A bank had also notified the store it was short $500, according to court documents.

The district manager notified police two more times about instances of missing money including allegations that Hernandez took $660 in lottery sales between July 31 and Aug. 8.

Police contacted Hernandez to speak on the allegations and she failed to show up at the station on the day she told police she would, according to court documents.

Hernandez was released on her own recognizance on Oct. 2 from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

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