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Case Number: 1:19-cr-04273-KWR
Court: United States District Court for the District of New Mexico (Bernalillo County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Albuquerque, NM: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with five counts of theft of public money.
Zayra Olivia Alvarado, 38, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, was indicted on five counts of theft of public money from the United States and one count of aiding and abetting the theft of public money from the United States.
In 2014 and 2015, Alvarado obtained U.S. Treasury tax refund checks that were fraudulently acquired. She used her position at Wells Fargo Bank to open accounts in the names of the people to whom the checks were issued or to search for accounts with names similar to those on the checks. Alvarado then either cashed the checks or deposited them into the accounts she had opened and withdrew funds from the accounts.
In addition to her prison term, Alvarado must pay restitution of $23,195. Upon her release from prison, Alvarado will be subject to three years of supervised release.
IRS Criminal Investigation investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly Brawley and Steve Kotz prosecuted the case.
18 U.S.C. 641 THEFT OF PUBLIC MONEY FROM THE UNITED STATES; 18 U.S.A. 2 AIDING AND ABETTING
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day as to each count to run concurrently; 3 years supervised release as to each count to run concurrently; Restitution $23,195.90; SPA $500.00; deft voluntary surrender