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FARMINGTON — A local bail bondsman was arrested Saturday on charges of fraud.

Daniel Goldberg Sr. allegedly used his business to twice collect payments from a client that she did not owe on the bond.

Goldberg alleges that the San Juan County Sheriff's Office is using the fraud case as a retaliation effort after officials failed to get a lawsuit he filed against the office dismissed.

"They're trying to discredit me in order to further their civil case," Goldberg said when reached by phone on Saturday.

Detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, declined to comment on the lawsuit because it is pending litigation.

He said because the crime took place in San Juan County, the sheriff's office investigated it, even though Goldberg is suing the department and also previously ran for sheriff.

Goldberg filed a lawsuit two weeks before the primary election in spring 2014 alleging that he had been slandered and libeled by Sheriff Ken Christesen, as well as other sheriff's office employees, according to The Daily Times archives.

Goldberg said within five minutes of his arrest on Saturday, the sheriff's office had posted his mugshot and a statement on Facebook.

He said the sheriff's office arrests a lot of people each day, and their pictures are not posted on Facebook.

"It's just character assassination," he said.

This is not the first time Goldberg has been accused of using his business to commit a crime. In 2006, Goldberg and his son were tried for allegedly raping a woman after they bailed her out of jail in 2004. The two men were acquitted of the charges after a three-day trial ended with a hung jury, according to The Daily Times archives.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office is urging any of Goldberg's current or former clients who believe they may be a victim of fraud to contact the department.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.

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