Woman charged with embezzling $15K may have record wiped clean

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 7/25/19

A Ranchos de Taos woman accused of stealing as much as $15,000 from Quality Inn when she worked there in 2014 could have her legal record wiped clean after she …

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Woman charged with embezzling $15K may have record wiped clean

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A Ranchos de Taos woman accused of stealing as much as $15,000 from Quality Inn when she worked there in 2014 could have her legal record wiped clean after she accepted a plea agreement on Tuesday (July 23).

Raylene Casias pleaded guilty to the only count filed in her case – a third-degree count of embezzlement (over $2,500). In exchange, she will be placed under three years of supervised probation with the Taos Adult Probation and Parole office. During that time, she will be required to pay restitution to Quality Inn, but the exact amount to be paid had not been determined as of press time Wednesday (July 23).

Taos District Court Judge Emilio Chavez, who presided over the hearing, said that probation and parole will determine the amount to be paid, but reminded Casias she will be able to request a hearing to dispute the amount if she deems it too high.

The case alleges that Casias was the only employee with access to the Quality Inn’s safe in 2014. Her general manager at the time noticed that as much as $15,000 in cash deposits, money orders and uncollected rent money had gone missing from the safe after Casias had failed to show up to work for a period of time.

If Casias makes it through her period of probation and pays back the agreed upon amount, her record will be wiped clean of the charge and she will not be required to notify future employers of the charge.

If she fails to meet the conditions of the agreement, she may have to serve the remainder of her sentence in prison.

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