ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Sometimes a person's name fits them to a "T". The feds say Robin Cash has been doing exactly what her name says.
Over four years feds say Cash cashed in, taking more than 200 grand from them. And you guessed it, she pressed her luck, spending a lot of the money at casinos.
"It was shocking," said former La Pasada Halfway House board member Dr. Chloe Tischler.
In 2008 Cash was hired as the executive director of La Pasada. The treatment center, near I-40 and 4th street, houses about a hundred suspected criminals and convicted crooks including federal parolees.
"La Pasada provides a real service by keeping these people off the streets and transitioning them to be regularly functioning members of society," said Tischler.
Tischler says the feds pay around 80 grand a month for criminals to stay at the facility. Over four years the feds say Cash deposited chunks of that money into her private bank account; to the tune of more than 200 thousand. She also is accused of using a debit card in La Pasada's name.
What did she do with the money? Investigators say she spent it at local casinos and even took a trip to sin city.
The feds say she also made personal purchases at Best Buy and wrote checks to family members for services they weren't doing at La Pasada.
But it all came crumbling down last year said Tischler, "She went to Vietnam and that's how we found out. We got a phone call from the administrative secretary who said that they didn't make payroll."
Tischler was tasked with figuring out what was wrong with the books, and it didn't take long to realize a lot of money was missing.
"After we discovered this we turned it over to the criminal division of the IRS," said Tischler.
A federal grand jury indicted Cash Friday.
The IRS is also after Cash for not filing tax returns for the last three years. One reason may be that her salary was 45 thousand dollars a year but in 2010 the feds say she took home close to 175 thousand; money they believe was stolen.
La Posada fired Cash after the theft was exposed. They say other employees volunteered to go without their paychecks for a few weeks to keep the place running while the finances were fixed.
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