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Albuquerque Man Sentenced for Tax Evasion

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – A federal judge sentenced an Albuquerque man to two years in federal prison for tax evasion. Arturo Archuleta, 50, of Albuquerque, paid approximately $140,000 in in outstanding tax obligations to the IRS prior to his sentencing hearing on March 22, 2024.

At the hearing, Archuleta was also ordered to pay approximately $90,000 in restitution to Medicaid for expenses covered by Medicaid during the period in which he was evading income tax. The judge also imposed a fine of $75,000 to offset the cost to the government of incarcerating and supervising Archuleta as a result of his criminal conviction.

Finally, the judge ordered Archuleta to perform 100 hours of community service after he is released from prison and to enroll in the New Mexico Gaming Control Board’s “self-exclusion” program, which will prohibit Archuleta from entering any gambling establishment in the state.

There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court records, between 2014 and 2018, Archuleta worked as the office manager for ABQ Injury Clinic, a chiropractic medicine practice in Albuquerque. During that time, Archuleta failed to report more than $200,000.00 in income to the IRS. In addition to his legitimate income, Archuleta diverted over $500,000.00 in payments made to ABQ Injury Clinic to a nominee bank account he controlled and did not report the additional income to the IRS.

On May 16, 2023, Archuleta pled guilty to tax evasion.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Carissa Messick, Acting Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation Phoenix Field Office, made the announcement today.

IRS Criminal Investigation investigated this case with assistance from the FBI Albuquerque Field Office. Assistant United States Attorney Taylor F. Hartstein prosecuted the case.

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Updated March 25, 2024

Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 24-114