Suspect worked at a Farmington loan office

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FARMINGTON — A Farmington woman is accused of fraudulently obtaining checks worth more than $43,000 while working at a Farmington loan office.

Lisa Hernandez, 42, is accused of two second-degree felonies for fraud and computer access with intent to defraud, according to court documents.

She is accused of fraudulently obtaining 41 checks from D&L Loans while working there as an employee, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Shellie Patscheck, Hernandez's attorney, could not be reached for comment.

A Farmington Police Department officer was dispatched to D&L Loans at 104 E. Main St. on May 15 on a report of embezzlement.

The office manager told the officer that Hernandez, a former employee, was fraudulently obtaining money from the company between August 2017 and February 2018.

The alleged fraud was discovered in February when the office manager was balancing the books.

Fraudulent loans were found extended to people who had not been clients for a while, according to court documents.

Checks were found with forged signatures, and duplicate loans were found in the system.

The office manager initially found about $15,000 missing and had an attorney draft an agreement that Hernandez signed on April 30 to pay back $12,800.

Hernandez had some of her paychecks kept by the company, and she surrendered some jewelry to the firm to pay off part of the initial amount.

The office manager stated she later found more money was missing, and Hernandez was terminated from the company on May 1.

Hernandez spoke to the office manager on May 15 and admitted to taking the money, according to court documents.

Hernandez made her first appearance in Farmington Magistrate Court on Aug. 15, and was later booked and released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Her preliminary hearing is set for the morning of Aug. 29.

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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