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Employee accused of embezzling $71,000 from Bloomfield business
Chavez was the chief financial officer for Twin Star Inc.
FARMINGTON — An Upper Fruitland man is accused of embezzling more than $71,000 from a Bloomfield business by making personal purchases with company credit cards.
Anthony Chavez, 33, has been charged with embezzlement (more than $20,000), a second-degree felony, according to court records.
He is accused of using credit cards belonging to Twin Star, an equipment maintenance and natural gas compressor leasing company based in Bloomfield, to make $71,406.61 in personal purchases, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Christian Hatfield, Chavez's attorney, said he hasn't had a chance to review all the information in the case and added his client is innocent until proven guilty.
A detective for the Bloomfield Police Department spoke to Roger Armstrong, the president of Twin Star, on Sept. 14. Armstrong accused Chavez, the company's chief financial officer, of embezzling upward of $140,000, according to court documents.
Armstrong shared bank statements with the detective and said he believed the purchases were made between Dec. 12, 2016, and Aug. 10 on company credit cards in Chavez's name.
Chavez told the detective during an interview on Sept. 15 that he took a significant pay cut to work at Twin Star and taking from the company was a way to get what was owed to him, according to court documents.
Chavez later told the detective he knew what he did was wrong and stated his wife was not involved.
The detective and Chavez reviewed the statements from the bank. Chavez believed he made $71,406.61 in personal purchases. He later was terminated from the company.
Chavez was released on his own recognizance following his first appearance Friday in Aztec Magistrate Court, according to court records.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.