ELKO – An Elko woman is suspected of embezzling more than $9,000 from Rehab Services of Nevada.

Crystella A. Martinez, 35, was arrested Friday on two counts of embezzlement, one count of uttering a forged instrument, conspiracy to commit uttering of a forged instrument, and conspiracy to commit embezzlement.

The business was doing an audit when discrepancies were discovered, said Elko Police Capt. Ty Trouten.

Martinez was entrusted with accepting payments, making deposits and paying bills for the business.

“Several cash payments were missing from patient accounts,” Trouten said.

Rehab Services offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and similar services, according to its website.

An audit by physical therapist Greg Barker and an office manager at the start of tax season revealed 18 cash payments missing from three patient accounts.

A police investigation revealed Martinez allegedly took $1,848 in cash, forged 17 checks totaling more than $5,800, and paid more than $1,000 in phone bills using checks signed by Barker, according to court documents.

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The thefts are suspected to have taken place between May 2016 and January 2017, court documents state.

The case was forwarded to the District Attorney’s office in July.

Martinez is out on $30,000 bail.


Staff writer for the Elko Daily Free Press

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