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Former Dell City Employee Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Dell City Funds

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

EL PASO, Texas – A City of Dell City woman was arrested Wednesday on a criminal charge related to her alleged theft of Dell City funds.

According to an indictment returned by an El Paso Grand Jury on June 14, Diana Suarez, 53, a former Dell City employee, used funds from the city’s bank accounts to make purchases and cash withdrawals for personal use between Sept. 13, 2020 and Sept. 12, 2021.

Suarez is charged with one count of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 10 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 is investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Arreola is prosecuting the case, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Acosta handling the forfeiture component. 

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


Updated June 22, 2023

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