Portales woman pleads guilty

By Tony Parra Ninth District Judge Joe Parker wrapped up the fraud case of two New Mexico Department of Human Services employees on Tuesday with a guilty plea from a woman accused of one count of theft of identity. Parker sentenced Julia Tapia, 50, of Portales to three years of supervised probation. Tapia was also […]

Man found guilty of EBT theft

By Tony Parra =Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis was found guilty of accessing a computer with the intent to commit a crime and two counts of theft identity on Friday by 9th Judicial District Judge Joe Parker. District Attorney Brett Carter said Mendez was placed on adult probation for four years. Mendez and Julia Tapia, […]

Two arrested for embezzling

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two state employees face charges of stealing at least $2,900 from accounts meant to assist low-income Portales residents, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter. Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis, and Julia Tapia, 49, of Portales, were arrested Friday on charges of fraud over $250 and conspiracy to commit fraud […]