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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A Santa Fe woman is accused of embezzling thousands from a golf course through a gopher fund. Court documents say Nidia Bailon-Alderete is accused of embezzling about $83,000 from the club at Las Campanas, a private golf course just northwest of Santa Fe.
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The general manager says they had a gopher fund that awarded employees $5 to $10 to those able to trap gophers on the property. The manager says Bailon-Alderete, an employee at the club, managed to get all of that money from the account in about a year.
When deputies interviewed her, they say she admitted to tracing the manager’s signature from a signed check onto a blank check. Bailon-Alderete is now facing charges of embezzlement and forgery. According to court documents, Bailon-Alderete served as the service member accountant.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story, stated Bailon-Alderete was accused of embezzling $8,000. That is incorrect, she is accused of embezzling about $83,000.