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FARMINGTON — The 59-year-old Aztec woman accused in late May of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Farmington consulting business has been admitted into the San Juan County District Attorney's Office pre-prosecution diversion program.

On July 20, the state dismissed more than two dozen charges of felony forgery and one count of felony embezzlement that had been filed in Farmington Magistrate Court against Teresa Dedrick on May 20.

As previously reported, Protocom Consulting owner Drew Bates told Farmington police on May 4 that Dedrick, the company's bookkeeper, had forged approximately 35 checks and deposited them into bank accounts belonging to a business that belonged to her.

Bates said an audit showed Dedrick had allegedly stolen $241,533 from his company over a period of several years, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Bates' attorney, Tyson Quail, did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said Dedrick has already paid half the money allegedly stolen back to Bates, as required for admittance into the diversion program.

Dedrick will further be required to make regular monthly payments to Bates over the next two years to pay back the rest of the funds, O'Brien said.

He said if she fails to do so, the state will remove her from the program and prosecute her.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and stgarrison@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.

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