Bookkeeper accused of fraudulent check writing

FARMINGTON (KRQE) – A Farmington woman who works as a bookkeeper for two small businesses is accused of stealing from them.

Mary Hawkins, 65, is being held on 40 felony fraud and forgery counts. San Juan County sheriff’s officials say she wrote more than 220 fraudulent checks and embezzled more than $344,000 from the businesses over a two-and-a-half-year span starting in 2011.

A CPA for one of the businesses noticed several checks weren’t authorized by the owner and had been written out to Hawkins.

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