Monday, February 9, 2009
New Mexico Man Accused Of Embezzling From Club & Setting Fire To Evidence
Martin Glen Pyke, 42, of Socorro, New Mexico, and the former gaming manager at the Fraternal Order of Eagles club also in Socorro, has been charged with 19 criminal counts ranging from arson to embezzlement, including the alleged theft of more than $140,000 from the club. Specifically, Pyke was charged with eight felony embezzlement counts, one second-degree count of arson, two third-degree felony tampering with evidence charges and eight fourth-degree felony reporting and record violations related to gaming machines at the club. According to prosecutors, Pyke attempted to burn evidence of his 8 months of embezzlement by setting a fire at the club in March 2006.