Related topics

Albuquerque woman pleads guilty to bank fraud, mail theft

July 10, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque woman has pleaded guilty to bank fraud, identify theft and theft of mail charges.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Ericka Chavez entered her plea in federal court Tuesday.

U.S. Postal Inspectors arrested Chavez four months ago on a criminal complaint charging her with theft of mail.

The complaint alleged that cluster mailboxes at two Albuquerque-area apartment complexes were broken into and mail was stolen in October 2017 and February 2018.

Authorities say checks stolen from the mail boxes were altered and used to pay for memberships to Albuquerque stores.

Chavez has been in federal custody since her arrest and remains detained pending her sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

Prosecutors say Chavez faces up to a 30-year prison term if convicted.

Update hourly