Former pet store worker accused of embezzlement

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Courts > Forgery charge also levied against Bates in Magistrate Court

By Tris DeRoma

A Los Alamos resident accused of committing two fourth-degree felonies had the charges read against her in court Monday.
According to court records, the defendant, HollyMichelle Bates, 44, is being accused of embezzlement and forgery, crimes she allegedly committed when she was an employee at the Pet Pangaea pet supply store, located in Central Park Square. Police were contacted by the store’s owner Dec. 12 in regards to a possible embezzlement scheme uncovered by the Los Alamos National Bank.
Bates’ next appearance will be a status hearing before Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Jan. 23, where Bates will have to answer questions about the charges against her.
Specifically, Bates is being charged with embezzling more than $500 and less than $2,500, and simple forgery.
If convicted, Bates could face a maximum of 18 months in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 for the embezzlement charge and the same amount of prison time and fine for the forgery charges, as well.
According to the storeowner, the bank recently contacted over a check that was written on behalf of Pat Pangaea to Bates for $1,348.62.

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