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ELKO – A fraud case from 2016 culminated with the felony arrest of Carolyn Staub on Nov. 5 by the Nevada Highway Patrol in collaboration with Elko Police Department.

“We stopped her on the warrant at a traffic stop around 9:43 a.m.,” Lt. James Simpson said.

According to Elko Police Lt. Mike Palhegyi, this fraud case opened in 2016 when Staub was an executive assistant for the Elko County Association of Realtors. She was hired on April 1 and was issued a credit card by the organization.

Staub, 34, allegedly proceeded to use the credit card to make personal purchases up to $2,500 from Amazon, and others from iTunes, without permission from the association.

Staub was suspended from her position in August 2016, but managed to wipe two computers before the suspension occurred, Palhegyi said.

Detectives from the Elko Police Department interviewed Staub, and she admitted to the expenditures on the company’s credit card, claiming the association had told her she could use the card for personal purchases, according to Palhegyi.

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A warrant was issued for Staub, and she did not resist arrest by the Nevada Highway Patrol officer under the warrant, according to Simpson.

Staub faces charges of embezzling funds between $650-$3,500 with bail set at $10,000.


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