Farmington woman accused of embezzling $42,000

Joshua Kellogg,
Pamela Medina

FARMINGTON – A Farmington woman has been charged with 10 felony counts of embezzlement for allegedly writing $42,000 in loans to family members while working for Navajo Trading Company.

Pamela Medina, 33, was arrested Tuesday and is facing four third-degree felony charges for embezzlement between $2,500 and $20,000 along with six fourth-degree felony charges for embezzlement between $500 and $2,500, according to court records.

The alleged embezzlement was discovered by Navajo Trading Company owner Jack Cook, who spoke to a Farmington Police Department officer on Jan. 25, according to the affidavit.

Cook told the officer he was reviewing accounts so he could file losses for 2016 when he discovered that Medina allegedly approved $42,000 in loans, the affidavit states. There were 10 separate loans in varying amounts up to $16,000, according to the affidavit.

Cook declined comment on the alleged incident. Medina's attorney, Steven Murphy, did not reply to requests for comment.

Medina allegedly approved the loans for family members who were not present at the business based on Cook's review of security video of customer transactions, according to the affidavit.

The officer received a phone call from Medina on Feb. 1 after previously attempting to contact her.

During the phone call, Medina allegedly admitted to embezzling the money and said she was more than willing pay it back and do "whatever it takes to clear it up," according to the affidavit. 

She was released on bond from the San Juan County Detention Center this morning. 

Medina has submitted paperwork to waive her first appearance in court, which was scheduled for Monday morning, according to court records.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.