FBI: Head of Goodwill of El Paso arrested with husband, released without charges


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The FBI confirmed to KTSM 9 News the head of Goodwill Industries El Paso was arrested along with her husband on Wednesday.

According to the FBI, Melinda Jordan, president and CEO of the organization, and her husband, James Jordan were detained at their home Wednesday night. Melinda Jordan was not charged and was released, the FBI said.

“Yesterday the FBI and TX DPS conducted a court-authorized law enforcement activity at the residence of Mr. James Jordan and Mrs. Melinda Jordan that resulted in both being taken into custody,” a statement from the FBI said. “Mrs. Melinda Jordan was not booked or charged with any State or Federal crimes and was released.  Mr. James Jordan remains in custody at this time.  No further details can be given at this time regarding Mr. Jordan as this is an ongoing matter.”

According to El Paso County Jail records, James Jordan is facing charges of:

  • False statement to obtain property or credit service of more than $300K.
  • Forgery of government, national, instrument, money or security.
  • Forgery to defraud or harm another.
  • Fraudulent filing of financing statement/ groundless with intent to defraud or harm another.
  • Perjury.
  • Simulating legal process.
  • Tampering with government RCD license or seal with intent to defraud or harm another.
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

The FBI says it cannot provide any further details at this time.

According to federal court records, James Jordan pleaded guilty in January 2010 to conspiracy to defraud the U.S.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Documents reveal that Jordan and other supposed investors accepted money to be invested in the foreign currency exchange market.

However, records show that the money was used to pay expenses, personal lifestyles, and to satisfy “old” investor withdrawal requests.

Goodwill released the following statement:

James Jordan, husband of Melinda Jordan, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of El Paso, was brought into custody yesterday afternoon. Mr. Jordan is facing charges related to fraud, forgery and perjury.

Melinda Jordan was initially brought into custody but has not been charged or implicated in any way. The FBI is investigating this incident. It is our understanding that this investigation is a personal issue and not related to Goodwill®. We must allow the legal system to take its course.

We want to assure the public that Goodwill is and continues to be good stewards of their trust. Goodwill® generates opportunities for people to achieve economic stability and meaningful employment opportunities through the revenue from the sale of goods.

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