Clovis woman receives four-year prison term for embezzlement

A Clovis woman was sentenced Friday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling about $90,000 from the accounts of disabled customers at the bank where she worked.

Dawn Lebow, 45, as part of a plea agreement, paid $60,000 restitution Friday during the hearing and will be required to pay an additional $30,000 after she is released from prison, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.

The investigation took place in 2009 after police were notified 14 burial accounts belonging to disabled ENMRSH clients had been suspiciously closed.

ENMRSH is a privately owned company that provides services to disabled clients who qualify for funding through the New Mexico Department of Health’s Developmental Disability Support Division.

It was alleged through the investigation that Lebow, an employee of New Mexico Bank and Trust, was using her position at the bank to identify dormant accounts, which she then drained and closed.

She was originally charged with 99 counts of forgery and embezzlement, according to court records.

Lebow was ultimately convicted of 23 counts of forgery, the press release said.

She will be required to serve five years supervised probation upon her release from prison.