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Albuquerque Woman Sentenced for Defrauding Jemez Pueblo

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

ALBUQUERQUE – An Albuquerque woman was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison and ordered to pay restitution to the Pueblo of Jemez for stealing almost $400,000.00 to fund her gambling habit.

According to court documents, Beverly Scott, 48 worked as an Accounts Payable Clerk for the Pueblo of Jemez between 2014 and 2020. Part of Scott’s job was to generate checks to pay vendors for legitimate services rendered. Scott realized that she could go into the accounting system and change the name and address of any vendor with an outstanding invoice to her own name and address. She would then go back into the accounting system and change back the name and address of the vendor after a check had been issued.

In August 2020, a vendor called to inquire about an unpaid invoice while Scott was on leave. The invoice was investigated, and financial personnel discovered that a payment for that invoice had been issued, but that it had been made payable to Scott. Jemez Pueblo hired a forensic audit firm which identified 116 checks issued to Scott between June 2016 and July 2020 totaling $389,977.84. The firm also determined that a significant portion of the fraudulent payments came from the Indian Health Service funds.

Jemez Pueblo provided the audit reports to the FBI. During the subsequent federal investigation, agents interviewed Scott, who admitted to issuing the checks to herself and claimed that she had lost all the money at the Santa Ana Pueblo Casino and other area casinos.

Scott pled guilty to one count of federal program fraud on January 26, 2023.

After completing her term of imprisonment, Scott will be required to serve three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque Field Office, made the announcement today.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Sean J. Sullivan prosecuted the case.

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Updated April 22, 2024

Financial Fraud
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-154