Farmington visitors bureau seeks to recover funds

Posted at: 04/03/2013 5:05 PM
Updated at: 04/03/2013 5:06 PM
By: The Associated Press

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - An attorney says fees and payments to other creditors could cut into the amount of money the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau stands to recover from the estate of the bureau's former executive director.

The Daily Times reports that bureau attorney Richard Gerding told city councilors this week that recovered net assets could be as low as $60,000.

Authorities have said 41-year-old Debbie Dusenbery embezzled close to $488,000 from the private, nonprofit visitors bureau.

Dusenbery died in January of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, two weeks after resigning from her position. A passer-by discovered Dusenbery's body inside her vehicle in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Police say Dusenbery admitted to taking money for extravagant trips, credit card bills and other personal spending.

Officials with the visitors bureau say Dusenbery's assets appear to be limited.

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