Indictments filed in Martin Luther King Commission money scheme

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Three people have been charged for stealing from the state-run Martin Luther King Commission.

After raiding the facility almost a year ago, the Attorney General’s office has now released a 14-count indictment charging the former director of the commission, along with a former worker and the head of a non-profit.

The indictments state Kimberly Greene, former MLK Commission director, embezzled and falsified documents to steal state money.

In 2016, investigators from the Office of the Attorney General carted off computers, hard drives and files from the commission’s offices at EXPO New Mexico.

Greene, a state worker who ran the MLK Commission; former commission employee Cheryl Yazzie; and Charles Countee, who ran the non-profit E-Read; are charged with being behind a scheme to steal taxpayer money.

The AG’s office says Greene, Yazzie and Countee were using phony state vouchers (similar to reimbursement forms) through E-Read, a non profit that taught kids how to read.

Search warrants KRQE News 13 obtained last year showed a chain of emails where Greene was requesting money for an MLK event that the state had already funded. That involved $16,000.

The indictment also states Countee made numerous ATM withdrawals from the E-Read account funded by the MLK Commission, but there was no record where the money went.

The charges for the three range from a second to fourth degree felonies.

Attorney General Hector Balderas released a statement Friday afternoon saying he hopes the investigation protects the future of the MLK Commission.

The state-run commission assists groups that provide community programs in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King.

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