Suspect worked at restaurant for more than three years

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FARMINGTON — A former Burger King manager is accused of fraudulently obtaining about $181,000 using fraudulent checks from the business and using a Utah woman's Social Security number to receive wages.

Denise Garcia-Quintana, 29, is accused of two felony counts of fraud, one count of identity theft and one count of using a computer with intent to defraud, according to the criminal complaints.

She is accused of using a Utah woman’s Social Security number on tax-related forms to obtain about $144,000 in wages from the Burger King location in Bloomfield.

In the second case, Garcia-Quintana allegedly obtained 110 checks in the amount of about $37,000 using her position at the Burger King restaurant, according to the criminal complaint.

Jack Fortner, the suspect's attorney, said his client had been directed by her supervisor to write checks to certain employees, and she would cash them for people if they didn't have a checking account.

He added his client did not financially gain from any of the transactions.

Fortner said he was not representing Garcia-Quintana in the Social Security case, but an entry of appearance was filed on July 31 stating he was representing her.

He could not be reached for comment regarding the second case.

Redrocks Food Ltd. Is the franchise owner of the Burger King location in Bloomfield. Anthony Josephson, a co-owner of Redrocks Food Ltd., had no comment on the allegations against the suspect. He added the company will fully cooperate with law enforcement officials.

Burger King's corporate media relations office did not respond to an email request for comment.

Garcia-Quintana was employed at the Burger King from October 2013 to June 2017, according to the affidavit.

In the Social Security case, a Farmington Police Department detective discovered a year of issue or state of issue was not listed with the Social Security number used by the suspect on W-2 and 1099 tax forms. In the affidavit, she wrote that led her to conclude the suspect was in the United States illegally. A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent later confirmed that for the detective.

The amount listed on tax-related documents from 2013 to 2017 totaled about $144,000 in wages reported to the IRS.

The detective located the woman in Utah whose Social Security number Garcia-Quintana allegedly used. The woman stated she had not given the suspect permission to use the number.

In the fraudulent check case, a Farmington detective was notified by a Burger King corporate employee that the suspect allegedly had cashed 48 fraudulent checks worth about $17,000.

Garcia-Quintana also is accused of altering time cards between February 2014 and November 2016, according to court documents.

The detective conducted a review of the suspect's bank accounts and discovered another 59 allegedly fraudulent checks deposited into a checking account and three into a savings accounts.

The 110 allegedly fraudulent checks were worth a total of about $37,000.

Fortner stated Garcia-Quintana was trying pay employees for the hours they worked without going into overtime pay.

Garcia-Quintana was incarcerated Friday on a no-bond hold at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Her preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday morning in Farmington Magistrate Court.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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