- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - An ex-document technician at a southern New Mexico county clerk’s office has been indicted in a check cashing scheme along with three other people.

Prosecutors in Las Cruces say 42-year-old Maria Ceniceros was indicted Thursday on multiple counts of identity theft, fraud, forgery, racketeering and money laundering.

If convicted in the case, prosecutors say Ceniceros faces up to 185 years in prison.

Armando Gutierrez-Torrez was indicted on similar charges as Ceniceros, while Ceniceros’ husband and daughter both were indicted on charges of conspiracy and racketeering.

Authorities believe Gutierrez-Torrez delivered checks to Ceniceros that were gleaned from identities used to create the fraudulent tax returns.

Three other document technicians at the Dona Ana County clerk’s office were arrested June 1 and accused of knowingly notarizing falsified documents.

Their cases are pending.



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