Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Cops Knew Investigator Ready to Self-Destruct.(State)

Byline: Andy Lenderman Journal Northern Bureau

* Lawyer says she reported a state investigator stole her identity, had gambling debts, tried suicide weeks before a fatal bank heist

SANTA FE -- A Santa Fe lawyer warned police that Attorney General's Office Investigator Karen Yontz had gambling problems and attempted suicide three weeks before she was shot by police, the lawyer said Monday.

Laurie A. Knight says Yontz stole her identity and used it to rack up more than $5,700 credit card charges, mostly in the form of cash advances.

Knight reported the fraud allegations to the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department on April 11, police records show.

Sheriff Greg Solano has said an investigation began May 2, the day Yontz died when Albuquerque police shot and killed her after she robbed a bank there. …

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