Las Cruces Woman Accused of Forgery, Fraud and Theft

Las Cruces Woman Accused of Forgery, Fraud and Theft

POSTED: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 5:40am

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 8:14am

LAS CRUCES - Police arrested a Las Cruces woman who they say committed multiple counts of credit card fraud, forgery and identity theft against her former employer.

Investigators charged 31-year-old Cynthia M. Barela with three counts of fraudulently using a credit card, 14 counts of forgery and five counts of identity theft.

While Barela worked at Green Thumb Nursery from May 2008 until May 2010, police say she used a company credit card to make a number of personal purchases.

Detectives also say that Barela used company checks for other personal purchases.

Barela is accused of stealing more than $20,000.

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So....? Big deal, huh? El Paso has a city councilwoman who did the same (although not on such a large scale), with a former employer, to get a free plane ticket; and she's still a member of our city council. Only in El Paso..... It's disgraceful!

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