Friday, January 17, 2014

New Mexico Couple Plead Guilty To Embezzling $786K From County Housing Authority

From the Santa Fe New Mexican on 1/16/14:

A federal judge in Albuquerque sentenced the former executive director of the Taos County Housing Authority and her husband to prison terms of more than two years Thursday in connection with a long-running embezzlement scheme.

Carmella and Paul Martínez pleaded guilty in August 2013 to conspiracy to commit theft from programs receiving federal funds after they stole more than $786,000 through the housing authority over a nine-year period.

Carmella Martínez, 42, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. Paul Martínez was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment. They will both serve a two-year term of supervised release following their prison terms. The couple also were ordered to jointly pay $786,014.14 in restitution.

The couple first were indicted on 49 charges in December 2012.


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