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Details emerge in Las Cruces fraud case

Details emerge in Las Cruces fraud case
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 9:53pm

All four men linked to the forgery case out of Las Cruces have been arrested.

The men are believed to have falsified documents at the city's Fleet Management Department potentially costing the city tens of thousands of dollars.

Albert Favela, 45, has been charged with eight counts of fraud and embezzlement.

46-year-old Edward Tellez and Inez Frank Giron, 34, are charged with two counts each of forgery.

Christopher Bustamante faces one count of forgery.

The investigation shows favela was a supervisor and on several occasions asked employees to falsify work orders.

Court records show the employees would bill the city for parts and work that was never done on the city's vehicles.

The documents allege Favela would purchase part for cars the city doesn't even own and use the parts for side jobs.

A detective discovered in one instance Favela purchased parts for a Dodge Charger but they actually fit an Acura.

The investigation revealed Favela's wife was stopped for speeding in a 94 Acura.

Police said the investigation remains open and more charges are possible.

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