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Former EMS tech indicted

Former Friona EMS staff member Jennifer Gonzales has been indicted by the Parmer County grand jury for “embezzling” drugs through the EMS for personal use. Gonzales was in charge of ordering drugs to restock the ambulance. According to the city and Sheriff Randy Geries she would order drugs, approve the invoice for payment by the city, then steal the drugs for personal use.

Sheriff Geries, who has been investigating the situation for several months, said the amount of the theft was over $33,000 and had been ongoing since 2013. Some of the drugs Gonzales ordered were not on the authorized list of drugs for the ambulance. The offense is classified as a 2nd degree felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in jail and up to a $20,000 fine.