DA presents funds recovered in embezzlement case to the Red Cross

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Years after thousands were stolen from the Red Cross, the organization is finally getting it back and using it to help New Mexicans.

A New Mexico district attorney’s office recently prosecuted a case stemming from 2011 when the organizer of a fundraiser, John Torres-Nez, embezzled more than $36,000 meant for Japanese tsunami victims.

In a rare outcome, the DA recovered all of the stolen funds, and Monday presented a check to the Red Cross.

“It’s always great when you can get restitution in full because it typically doesn’t happen,” said Marco Serna, First Judicial District Attorney.

The money will go toward helping Belen flooding victims and other New Mexicans in need.

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