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FBI Arrests Canutillo Woman for Making False Statements

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas

EL PASO, Texas – A Canutillo woman was arrested Tuesday on criminal charges related to her alleged false statements made to an FBI Task Force Officer.

Court documents allege that, Veronica Gutierrez, 41, claimed that a police officer inappropriately touched her while executing a search warrant at her residence on or about Dec. 15, 2022.  The April 5 indictment adds that she also claimed the police officer told her, this is what happens when she does not send pictures of herself to the officer.

Gutierrez is charged with one count of false statement. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza of the Western District of Texas and Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey R. Downey of the FBI El Paso Field Office made the announcement.

The FBI’s West Texas Border Corruption Task Force is investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Skillern is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated April 19, 2023