Las Cruces Area Union Official Charged With Fraud

Las Cruces – A federal grand jury in Las Cruces has indicted a southern New Mexico union official on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and identity theft.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced the 107-count indictment last week against 64-year-old Gloria Porter of Chaparral.

It alleges she defrauding the Army Military Council while employed at White Sands Missile Range.

The council includes local unions representing members of the National Federation of Federal Employees employed by the Army.

The indictment alleges Porter used a debit card to access a council account to purchase more than $13,500 in items for her own use between 2005 and 2008.

At the time, she was national vice president of the federal employees federation, secretary-treasurer for the council and president of a local union.

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