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Arizona Government Employee Accused of Embezzling $34K

An employee for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is accused of embezzling $34,000 from the state.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office announced the arrests of the employee, 48-year-old Susan Marie Rall, as well as her husband, 60-year-old David Jerome Rall.

According to the AG's office, Susan Rall made payments from ADEQ to companies she and her husband owned, in her role as a business officer for ADEQ.

The AG's spokeswoman Kristen Keogh tells New Times that their companies, D & S Investors LLC and Cerca Trova Enterprises LLC, were supposedly offering a service to monitor ADEQ-approved websites.

The Ralls were apparently busted after someone at ADEQ who was reviewing the purchases apparently decided to check out a purchase order submitted by Susan Rall.

"When they called the phone number on the purchase orders, David Rall answered," Keogh says.

Susan Rall was fired in late January, the day after this discovery, and the AG's office then began its investigation.

The couple have been arrested, and face charges of conspiracy, fraudulent schemes and artifices, theft, money laundering, illegally conducting an enterprise, attempted theft, and forgery.

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