State Briefs 07-20-14

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By Associated Press

Woman accused of embezzling from Albuquerque church

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — An Albuquerque woman is accused of siphoning more than $70,000 from her church.
KOAT-TV reports that 39-year-old Misty White was free on bond Thursday following her arrest on an embezzlement charge.
According to a criminal complaint, White used her volunteer position at Indian Nation Baptist Church to access church bank accounts.
White, who has been treasurer since 2011, allegedly used cash withdrawals and checks at grocery stores and restaurants. She also depleted another account reserved for buying the church a new building.
Pastor Scott Tafoya says the embezzlement came to light after the bank called about a check bouncing. The check was made out to a day care center attended by one of White’s children.
Police say the amount of stolen funds will likely rise as the investigation continues.

Martinez visits immigrants at camp

ARTESIA (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is touring a temporary facility housing hundreds of immigrants suspected of entering the U.S. illegally.
Martinez was scheduled Saturday to receive a briefing from federal officials at the barracks of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Officials say about 400 immigrants, most from Central America, are being detained there.
About 40 immigrants were deported from New Mexico to Honduras by airplane on Monday.
Authorities say more immigrants being held in Artesia will soon be sent back to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador soon as part of a plan for quick removal.
Officials say there has been a recent surge of immigrants, including 57,000 unaccompanied children, along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Many say they are fleeing pervasive gang violence and crushing poverty.