Former New Mexico Taxation and Revenue employee, George Martinez indicted for wire fraud, identity theft, money laundering
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (STL.News) George Martinez, 45, of Albuquerque, made an initial appearance in federal court today, charged in an indictment with 42 counts of wire fraud, six counts of money laundering and 42 counts of identity theft. An arraignment is scheduled for March 19. A federal grand jury indicted Martinez on March 12.
According to the indictment, from May 18, 2011, through July 16, 2018, Martinez allegedly used his position as the Unit Supervisor/Bureau Chief of the Questionable Refund Unit at the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department to fraudulently alter tax refunds and direct them to bank accounts that he controlled.
“When officials who are responsible for collecting taxes corruptly manipulate the system for their own benefit, it undermines the public’s confidence in all aspects of government,” said Acting United States Attorney Fred J. Federici III. “Fraud involving the tax system, as alleged in this indictment, deprives the State of needed revenues and increases the tax burden on all law-abiding New Mexicans. The prosecution of corrupt public officials is a high priority for the U.S.