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Albuquerque man pleads guilty in Guardians embezzlement case

June 26, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors say an Albuquerque man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud vulnerable and special needs clients in New Mexico and is facing a seven-year prison term.

They say 58-year-old William Harris pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiring to defraud the federal government out of money and property from November 2016 to July 2017.

Harris was accused of siphoning government benefits intended for Ayudando Guardians clients who couldn’t manage their own finances, including those under court-ordered legal guardianships.

The now-defunct Ayudando Guardians was an Albuquerque-based non-profit corporation that provided guardianship, conservatorship and financial management to hundreds of people with special needs.

Harris’ 72-year-old wife was the former president of Ayudando Guardians. Susan Harris goes on trial in September for money laundering and other charges.

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