Former sheriff's candidate accused of fraud

Steve Garrison
Daniel Goldberg Sr

FARMINGTON — Daniel Goldberg Sr. has been charged for a third time in magistrate court with fraud in connection to his alleged activities as a bail bondsman.

The 55-year-old former candidate for San Juan County sheriff was charged Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court with eight counts of fourth-degree felony fraud.

He was previously charged in two separate cases filed in July and August in Aztec Magistrate Court with an additional eight counts of felony fraud, four counts of extortion, five counts of misdemeanor fraud and racketeering.

Goldberg was arrested Thursday and is being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $80,000 bond, according to court records.

Goldberg's attorney, Eric Morrow, said he was aware that Goldberg had been arrested, but he was not familiar with the new allegations made against him.

The arrest warrant affidavit for Goldberg was filed under seal Wednesday by magistrate Judge Mark Hawkinson, according to Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen.

Allen said police requested the seal due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. She said the affidavit would be made public at Goldberg's preliminary examination hearing.

Morrow said sealing an arrest warrant affidavit was highly unusual for a case such as this.

However, The Daily Times requested and received a copy of the arrest warrant affidavit from the court on Thursday.

Police allege in the affidavit that Goldberg filed a fraudulent quitclaim deed with the San Juan County Clerk's Office on September 26, 2013, to seize a property at 2807 E. 30th St. in Farmington.

The property was owned by Christie Donnelly, the affidavit states.

Donnelly, 44, contacted Farmington police detectives in April 2015 to report the alleged fraud, the affidavit states.

She told detectives she had signed an agreement with Goldberg in September 2013 that allowed Goldberg to collect rent and make mortgage payments at the property, which would provide him a net monthly sum of $298.

In exchange, Goldberg would post a $6,000 cash bond for her husband, according to the affidavit.

Instead, Goldberg filed the quitclaim deed and sold the property to himself for the sum of $10, the affidavit states.

According to the San Juan County Assessor's website, the property is currently owned by Daniel Goldberg Sr. and his son, Daniel Goldberg Jr. It has an actual value of $170,440, according to the county assessor.

Donnelly told detectives she never signed a quitclaim deed, but she did sign the contract that allowed Goldberg to collect rent at the property.

Donnelly said she learned the property had been seized in August 2014 after she received a foreclosure notice for it.

Police learned from the property's tenants that Goldberg had collected $11,500 in property rent between October 2013 and August 2014.

Police executed search warrants Thursday at the property at 2807 E. 30th St. and another property owned by Goldberg at 5108 Bellflower Circle.

A court date for the case has not yet been set, but Goldberg is expected to appear at a preliminary examination hearing in a related case on Dec. 3.

Goldberg Sr. is not authorized by the state of New Mexico to act as a bail bondsman after regulators refused to renew his license in 2007, according to state records. He previously had a Florida bail bondsman license suspended in 1991 after he was accused of issuing bail bonds while employed as a police officer.

In November 1990, He was also criminally charged for issuing a bail bond while employed as a law enforcement officer and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor offense.

An investigation by The Daily Times in October also showed Goldberg used the alias "Daniel Zbras" to conduct business and register to vote in Florida.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.