Kirtland woman accused of fraudulently obtaining nearly $80,000
The woman was released from county jail per court order
FARMINGTON — A Kirtland woman is accused of fraud for obtaining nearly $80,000 from a Farmington credit union by making fraudulent payments on a credit card and taking out cash advances.
Danielle Rebeles, 49, is accused of a second-degree felony count of fraud (Over $20,000), according to court records.
She is accused of fraudulently obtaining about $79,600 in funds from the Animas Credit Union at 2101 E. 20th St. in Farmington, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Mark Curnutt, Rebeles' attorney, said he cannot comment until he receives additional documentation used by the prosecution to file these charges.
Farmington Police Department Community Service Officers were dispatched to the credit union on Sept. 25 on reports of fraud.
They spoke to a director at the credit union. The director told police an employee found an unusual code entry in a ledger on Sept. 18.
The card belonged to Rebeles, whose credit card limit was set at $10,000. She owed $47,783.
There were 24 payments posted to the account used to free up the balance that did not clear. Those payments were made at banks in Rhode Island, New York, Alabama and Oregon.
The affidavit stated that she received about $53,400 from eight cash advances in August and September.
The credit card account was closed on Sept. 18, upon discovery of the fraudulent activity.
A detective interviewed Rebeles in February.
According to the court document, Rebeles claimed she met a man on Facebook who offered to help with her bills if she would help him, according to court documents. She stated she would withdraw the funds then deposit the money at another bank.
Rebeles allegedly continued to send the man money and allowed him to make payments on her account in hopes she would get her money back.
The total amount of money Rebeles took or used was about $89,600, the affidavit stated. With a $10,000 credit limit, she owed about $79,600 to the credit union.
She was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center per a court order.
Rebeles' preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday morning in Farmington Magistrate Court.
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