Former Bosque Farms chief arrested, charged with embezzlement

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Former Bosque Farms Police Chief Joe Stidham was arrested last week and charged with embezzlement following several incidents where he is accused of embezzling nearly $6,000 from an Albuquerque security business.

Former Bosque Farms Police Chief Joe Stidham was arrested last week and charged with embezzlement following several incidents where he is accused of embezzling nearly $6,000 from an Albuquerque security business.

Stidham, 38, who changed his name to Joseph Vaughn in July, is charged with three felony counts of embezzlement of more than $500 and one count of embezzlement of more than $2,500.

The owner of American Facilities Support claims the former police chief, a former employee, had access to a checkbook of the business.

The owner of American Facilities Support, Michael Filibeck, told Albuquerque police he noticed two checks that were cashed that he did not authorize and two others for $5,800 on four separate occasions in 2010 and 2011.

Albuquerque police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said police believe Vaughn turned himself into Bernalillo District Court on Nov. 2 after he learned he had a warrant out for his arrest.

According to a criminal complaint, two of the checks were made out to a woman in June 2011 and totaled $1,350. One of those checks was for a hot tub, the complaint said. The two others, made out in 2010, were for $1,000 and $3,500.

At some point, Rio Rancho police told Albuquerque police Vaughn went to their office and requested help to talk with the woman.

The next day, Vaughn told an APD officer he "was trying to clear his name" after he was told by the officer not to contact the woman.

Vaughn was employed at the village of Bosque Farms from 2001 to 2010. He was named acting chief in 2003 and later was named chief of police. He left in good standing in May 2010.

Filibeck said he recognized Vaughn's signature when he was employed with American Facilities Support, because he had access and authority to issue company checks. His employment dates with the company are not known.

Vaughn, through a bail bondsman, posted a $5,000 bond and was released from the Bernalillo Metropolitan Detention Center on Nov. 2.


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