NM Couple Pleads Guilty In Federal Conspiracy

Aug 7, 2013

A former Taos County Housing Authority executive and her husband face possible prison time after pleading guilty to conspiracy under plea bargains in a case involving theft of federal housing funds.

Prosecution and defense attorneys say 42-year-old Carmella Martinez and 44-year-old Paul G. Martinez could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and fined up to $250,000.

The Arroyo Seco residents pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Albuquerque.

A December 49-count indictment charged the couple with conspiracy, theft from programs receiving federal funds and theft of government property.

Lawyers say Carmella Martinez's admitted stealing nearly $790,000 in federal funds over an eight-year period.

The plea agreements require the couple to repay the money.

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