- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) - Prosecutors say managers of a southeastern New Mexico livestock auction are facing charges in an alleged fraud scheme.

The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Portales says the 139-count indictment alleges Calvin Pareo and Darcie Pareo purchased cattle at the High Plains Livestock Auction at certain prices and then changed the prices after the auction.

According to the DA’s Office, livestock inspectors estimate some 13,000 sales tickets were altered - fraudulently depriving dairy owners and buyers of more than $2 million.

Pete Domenici Jr., an attorney representing the Pareos, says they’re innocent of any wrongdoing and looking forward to vigorously pursuing their rights through the court system.

The civil case involves a federal government lawsuit alleging fraud. A defense filing in that case contends its allegations are inaccurate and unsupported.

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