A Carlsbad man was sentenced to nearly two decades probation for allegedly depositing money in a financial institution taken from another man, Fifth Judicial District Court records read.
Richard Estrada, 22, pleaded no contest on March 1 before Fifth Judicial District Judge Jane Shuler-Gray on 21 counts ranging from fraud, theft of identity and forgery, court records indicated.
He received a conditional discharge from Gray and was placed on probation for nearly 20 years, per court records.
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Carlsbad police arrested Estrada on Nov. 8, 2019 for allegedly defrauding money from another man’s bank account on Nov. 4, 2019 and depositing the money into an account at Eddy Federal Credit Union, according to court records and the Eddy County Detention Center’s website.
Gray ordered Estrada to pay $3,440 in restitution to the defendant, court records stated.
She also sentenced Estrada to three years on the same day for allegedly receiving stolen property and attempting to dispose of it on Feb. 6, 2020, per court records.
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He pleaded no contest on both counts and received a conditional discharge from Gray, read court records.
Estrada allegedly received a commercial heater, a torch, a solar battery charger and arc welder in February of last year and then tried to dispose of them, per court records.
The sentence runs concurrent with the fraud and theft of identity sentences, court records stated.
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