Ex-bondsman, already incarcerated, faces more trouble

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FARMINGTON — New charges have been filed against a former local bail bondsman accusing him of fraud in taking possession of a motor vehicle as part of alleged bonding activities.

Daniel Goldberg Sr. was charged May 24 in Aztec Magistrate Court with fraud and embezzlement. Both charges are third-degree felonies, according to court records. 

Goldberg is accused of fraudulently obtaining Jaime Oaxaca-Araiza's charcoal gray 2009 Chevrolet Impala, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

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He was accused of not returning a vehicle title and a title to a mobile home after Oaxaca-Araiza's criminal charges had been dismissed.

The home title was never transferred into Goldberg's custody, according to court documents.

There is no legal representation listed for Goldberg in this case, according to court records. Eric Morrow, Goldberg's attorney in another criminal case, said he has not been officially retained in regard to the new charges.

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He added he had read the police report, and believes Goldberg was not acting as a bondsman and was not officially on the case. 

Oaxaca-Araiza originally reported the case on July 31, 2015, but detectives were unable to contact him for more information, and the case was closed, according to Detective Jarrod Slindee of the San Juan County Sheriff's office.

Oaxaca-Araiza finally was interviewed by detectives on July 12, 2016, after a family member inquired about the fraud case, Slindee said.

Oaxaca-Araiza told police his mother paid Steven Economos of Economos Bond $270 and signed over the title to her mobile home to bond him out in late April 2015 after he had been arrested on two outstanding warrants.

Goldberg was present during the exchange, according to court documents.

After missing his court date, Oaxaca-Araiza called Goldberg to turn himself him.

Goldberg, his son Daniel Goldberg Jr. and two unidentified men later showed up to Oaxaca-Araiza's house, according to court documents.

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Oaxaca-Araiza alleges that Goldberg told him he "needed something else to bond him back out once he is turned in because he didn't revoke the bond," the affidavit states.

Goldberg allegedly made Oaxaca-Araiza sign two bill of sale papers to sign the Impala over to him because he didn't have any money.

Oaxaca-Araiza was released on his own recognizance the day after he was turned into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, according to court records.

After he was released, Oaxaca-Araiza told police his wife and Goldberg showed up at the jail.

Oaxaca-Araiza's wife claimed Goldberg said he needed to bond Oaxaca-Araiza again because there was a $10,000 cash-only bond, according to court documents.

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The wife told Goldberg they didn't need a bond because he had been released on his own recognizance by the judge, according to court documents.

Goldberg allegedly threatened to turn Oaxaca-Araiza back into the jail if he didn't purchase a bond. But when Goldberg attempted to turn Oaxaca-Araiza back in, a jail clerk told him the jail couldn't take him back, the affidavit states.

Oaxaca-Araiza told police Goldberg said he was going to revoke the bond, and the vehicle was going to "cover it" and the title to the mobile home would be "free," according to court documents.

The charges related to the bond were dismissed in December 2015, according to court records.

During the investigation, a search of the vehicle identification number of Oaxaca-Araiza's Impala showed the vehicle was still registered to the person he purchased it from.

Detectives spotted a vehicle matching the description of the Impala at Goldberg's residence in Farmington. After obtaining a search warrant, detectives searched the vehicle and found the VIN matched the registration for the person from whom Oaxaca-Araiza bought the car.

A temporary registration sticker for a 2005 Impala with a different VIN was found in the back window of the vehicle, the affidavit states.

Goldberg is being held at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas to undergo an evaluation, Morrow said.

The evaluation was ordered by Judge Sandra Price during a sentencing hearing for Goldberg after he was found guilty of a felony and petty misdemeanor fraud charges in February.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

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