Judge Considers Motion To Suppress In Noriega Case


A motion to suppress evidence in the case of Linda Noriega, a former Gila County employee indicted on 13 felony counts including theft and money laundering, has been taken under advisement by a Maricopa County judge.

Noriega's defense attorney, James Hazel, filed a motion to suppress evidence -- nine vouchers totaling $2,000 that were found in Noriega's office after she left.

The motion was heard last week and the judge delayed his decision to study the case.

Noriega, a Gila County employee for 19 years, was fired from her position as assistant finance director in December 1997 after she allegedly used a county travel advance fund for her own purposes.

She also is accused of writing a duplicate paycheck to herself. Two earlier indictments were charged against Noriega in April 1998 involving payroll checks written for $1,080 and $1,121.

She also faces two counts of perjury involving statements made Dec. 1, 1995, Dec. 31, 1996, and between Jan. 1 and Nov. 26, 1997.

Noriega is scheduled for trial Feb.14 in Globe before Maricopa County Judge David R. Cole.

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