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Las Cruces woman indicted in directory fraud case (5:37 p.m.)

There are 31 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Aug 9, 2008, titled Las Cruces woman indicted in directory fraud case (5:37 p.m.). In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

More than 100,000 undelivered phone books have landed a Las Cruces woman in trouble with the law.

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Chandler, AZ

#22 Aug 11, 2008
This story has now made its way to ... what a random thing for someone to steal- and they pay to store.. craziness.

Since: Apr 08

Casa Grande, AZ

#23 Aug 11, 2008
What is it with these people in Las Cruces? Must be the water.

Albuquerque, NM

#24 Aug 11, 2008
And A perfect example that all she got was a slap on the wrist> Yeah New Mexico!!! Be proud that she will do the same again and next time it will hurt us worse. No sympathy for others unless ur someone important.We have attorneys that go to court drunk and dont show up at all huh what is this world coming to..

Las Cruces, NM

#25 Aug 11, 2008
Sad that these people in Las Cruces has no concious or sense of wrongdoing. Way to put Las Cruces on the map again for another stupid act by a citizen of Las Cruces. Nice to see that this story is on the Fox News website.
steve conn

Point Roberts, WA

#27 Aug 11, 2008
Maybe animal control had confiscated her cats.

Laurel, MD

#28 Aug 11, 2008
Well it must be a slow news day...this from today...


Woman Indicted for Allegedly Stashing Phone Books
Monday, August 11, 2008

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LAS CRUCES, N.M.— Most people want to get rid of their old phone books, but a Las Cruces woman has been indicted for fraud for allegedly keeping more than 100,000 directories.

Fifty-five-year-old Debra Gottrell is accused of storing the books in three Las Cruces storage units during a four-year period instead of delivering them as she was hired to do.

Court records show she was indicted July 31st by a Dona Ana County grand jury on a charge of fraud.

A telephone listing for Gottrell was unavailable. There is no explanation of why she allegedly took the phone books.

The stash of directories was discovered when a worker at one of the storage units contacted Gottrell’s employer, Directory Plus.

Directory Plus owner Hugh Riddle says his company lost an estimated $500,000 from the lost directories.

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Albuquerque, NM

#29 Aug 12, 2008
Lou wrote:
Mr. Riddle may not be completely accurate with his statements ,either he overproduced a half of million $ of books in 4 years "if everyone got one that was supposed to" which is a major loss for a business his size or his advertisors did not get the distribution promised them.Either way,he was bit hasty with his "squeaky clean" comment when no one solicited him concerning his honesty.
Touche! Advertisers should take note! There used to be one directory in the market, now there are multiple books, including a spanish language version! This has diluted the reach of any one book and believe me, they have not adjusted their ad rates as a result. And now this example of shoddy distribution, which is all to common I'm afraid. Where were the "checks and balances" to make sure this woman was in fact delivering what she was supposed to deliver? How can Mr. Riddle say that advertisers got what they paid for? I think not.

“Las Cruces, NM”

Since: Jun 08

United States

#30 Aug 13, 2008
I'd rather they be stashed in a giant locker or consigned to a bonfire than tossed, unwanted and useless, onto my damned porch every time they print a new one.

The information in that boat anchor could probably fit onto a floppy disk and leave room for naked pictures of John McCain.

Last time I used a phone book, it was to start a fire.

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#31 Aug 14, 2008
Are floppy disks still being used?The point is not how much of a techie you are or others aren't but it appears that ADVERTISERS did not receive what they paid for,MB.

“Las Cruces, NM”

Since: Jun 08

United States

#32 Aug 15, 2008
Jack wrote:
Are floppy disks still being used?The point is not how much of a techie you are or others aren't but it appears that ADVERTISERS did not receive what they paid for,MB.
Who said being a techie was the point, besides you? The advertisers could have benefited from more tech research, though. They wouldn't have gotten what they paid for even if they had gotten what they paid for.

Print isn't dead, but I wouldn't invest in phone book advertising in 2008.

Pittsburg, CA

#33 Feb 14, 2013
Viva la prima Lupe putos

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