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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

Friday, July 15, 2022

Taos woman faces charge of tampering

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced today that Genevieve McDonald has been charged with tampering with a witness, victim or an informant. McDonald, 60, and an enrolled member of the Taos Pueblo, will remain on conditions of release pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

According to the complaint, beginning on May 4, McDonald allegedly began calling, texting and messaging a person identified in court records as Jane Doe. Despite repeated warnings from law enforcement, McDonald allegedly continued to send messages of a harassing nature to Jane Doe, including through Facebook Messenger and by posting messages on her own Facebook wall.

A complaint is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, McDonald faces up to 20 years in prison.

The Santa Fe Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Taos Pueblo Department of Public Safety. Assistant United States Attorney Brittany DuChaussee is prosecuting the case.

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Updated July 15, 2022