NM: Dona Ana County Clerk employees involved in fraudulent tax return check-cashing scheme

Patrick Hayes and Jesse Martinez report:

Seven people were arrested, including employees at the county clerk’s office, in connection with an identity-theft scheme, authorities said.

An arrest warrant was executed in Anthony, New Mexico, Friday that resulted in the arrest of four people at a residence. Evidence found in those arrests resulted in three county clerk employees being taken into custody Monday morning, said District Attorney Mark D’Antonio.

A spokesperson for the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office said several people including low-level employees at the County Clerk’s office allegedly collected and cashed fraudulent tax return checks in exchange for a kickback or percentage of the check.

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