Former housing director accused of embezzlement

An accounts payable audit revealed that the ex-director of a halfway house organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico, stole more than $200,000 from her former employer. She is now facing federal charges after being indicted by a grand jury.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Robin Cash is accused of creating unauthorized checking and bank accounts under the name of her former employer, La Pasada Halfway House. Cash stole funds from the residents living in the company's facilities and deposited the money into the accounts, which only she had knowledge of and access to. She also used the business' debit card to purchase personal items and made out checks to her family members for services that were never rendered to the organization. Additionally, Cash used some of the money to gamble in Las Vegas and make ATM withdrawals, reports the news source.

Cash is also accused of failing to file tax returns for the money that she stole, states KRQE-TV. La Pasada receives funding from the federal government to help cover the costs of proving living arrangements for residents. The organization provides former inmates and defendants awaiting trial with housing facilities. If found guilty, Cash faces up to 45 years in prison, along with more than $1 million in fines.

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