Suspect is facing six felony counts including embezzlement and fraud
FARMINGTON — A Flora Vista woman is accused of embezzlement and forgery charges after allegedly embezzling more than $26,000 from her grandmother.
Cassie Davis, 32, was charged on Nov. 28 in Aztec Magistrate Court with a second-degree felony count of embezzlement, four third-degree felony counts of forgery (issue or transfer) and a fourth-degree felony count of forgery (issue or transfer), according to court records.
She is accused of embezzling $26,800 from her grandmother and unlawfully signing six checks payable to herself from her grandmother's checking account, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Steve Murphy, Davis' attorney, said he hasn't seen any of the discovery or evidence from the San Juan County District Attorney's Office for the case and is looking forward to it.
Davis made her first appearance in magistrate court on Dec. 11 and was booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center and released on the same day, according to court records.
Aztec Magistrate Court Judge Mark Hawkinson approved a motion to modify Davis' conditions of release to allow her to travel to Colorado for work. The motion stated she is an employee of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
A San Juan County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to a residence on County Road 3516 in Flora Vista on Nov. 27 about a large amount of money that had been embezzled and fraudulently obtained, according to court documents.
The victim's son told police there was six checks ranging from $800 to $11,000 that Davis is accused of writing and signing to herself between June 15, 2016, and Aug. 1, 2016.
While reviewing the checks, the grandmother told the deputy the signatures on the checks were not hers.
The deputy noted the signatures on the checks were not consistent and the grandmother's name was not spelled correctly on one of the checks, according to court documents.
The affidavit states Davis was paid $400 a month from 2013 to the end of 2016 to assist her grandmother with her errands including driving her to appointments.
Davis' grandmother moved in with her in March 2016 and lived there until the grandmother was hospitalized in April 2016. It was in November 2016 the grandmother moved back to her residence.
Around that time, Davis' uncle noticed his mother was receiving notices from bill collectors stating bills had not been paid. He checked his mother's checking accounts and noticed a large amount of money was missing.
During an interview with the deputy, Davis said her grandmother wrote her three checks in large amounts of $11,000, $5,000 and $3,000 payable to her because the grandmother had arthritis and was not able to sign her own name.
Davis told the deputy there were no other checks written to her in large amounts.
She alleged her uncle was trying to set her up and trying to take her grandmother's money, according to the affidavit.
A preliminary hearing for Davis is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Jan. 25.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.