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Embezzler's jail time suspended

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Courts > Bates charged with stealing money from Pet Pagaea last year

By Tris DeRoma

HollyMichelle Bates, a Los Alamos woman accused of trying to cash a forged check for $1,348.62 from the Pet Pangaea pet supply store, was sentenced in court recently.
According to court documents, Bates was sentenced to Los Alamos County jail for 364 days, with 364 days suspended. Bates must also pay $73 in court costs and undergo a year of supervised probation.
She also must pay back the money she stole to Los Alamos National Bank.
Bates’ probation conditions include obeying all federal, state and local laws. She must also comply with all conditions of probation and she can’t enter a restaurant or any other place that buys or sells alcohol.
She can’t possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon, and she must maintain contact with her probation officer. She must also pay $25 per month probation fees.
If she pays back the money before her probation is up, she could be eligible for early probation.
Bates was originally charged with embezzling over $500 but not more than $2,500 in her case, but she received a plea deal where she was only charged with embezzling over $250 but not more than $500.
She pled no contest to the charge. She was also charged with forging a transfer of $2,500 or less, but that charge was dropped. Bates pled no contest to that charge, as well.


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