ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A former file clerk at Picuris Pueblo faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling about $132,000 to support a gambling habit and pay bills, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday.
Norma Mermejo, 61, pleaded guilty in federal court to two charges: embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization.
During Thursday's hearing Mermejo admitted embezzling tribal funds 144 times between February 2008 and April 2010 when she was fired after tribal officials learned of the thefts.
She also may be fined up to $250,000 when she is sentenced at a date still to be set.
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