Police Investigate Missing Money from Hobbs Senior Center

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - Hobbs police are investigating the disappearance of $20,000 that an audit says is missing from the Hobbs Senior Center.

Receipts show more money was collected at the center on some days than was turned over to the city clerk's office, which deposits funds. State officials in June asked for an audit of state funds that provide meals for senior citizens.

A memo from City Manager Eric Honeyfield says discrepancies were found in center records going back to November 2007.

The Hobbs center provides meals at no cost, but has a donation box.  Honeyfield says he believes most seniors donate toward the cost of the meal. That money goes to maintenance and senior programs.

Police spokesman Mike Stone says the investigation has just begun and he could not comment.