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Arizona DPS officer convicted in embezzlement case

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NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer and his wife face multiple years in prison on convictions stemming from the wife's embezzlement of $175,000 from her employer.

A Santa County Superior Court jury in Nogales on Monday convicted Horacio and Carmen Lomeli of conspiracy, money laundering and theft.

The Attorney General's Office says the Lomelis face mandatory prison terms of between 4.5 and 23 years on each count.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 3.

According to prosecutors, Carmen Lomeli embezzled the money by fraudulently writing business checks for Sierra Seed and depositing them in the couple's joint checking account.

The DPS put Horacio Lomeli on paid administrative leave after he was indicted in June 2012. Spokesman Bart Graves says DPS will review Lomeli's job status now that he's been convicted.

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