- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - An ex-document technician at a southern New Mexico county clerk’s office has been sentenced to 18 months in prison in connection with a check-cashing scheme.

Prosecutors say 43-year-old Maria Ceniceros also was sentenced Friday to three years of supervised release.

Ceniceros, of Anthony, pleaded guilty last October to theft of government property and aggravated identity theft charges.

She was arrested in the case in May 2015.

Ceniceros admitted to accessing a voter registration database at work for the names, birth dates and social security numbers of 111 people whose identities were used to file fraudulent federal income tax returns.

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

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