Managers of High Plains Livestock Auction Indicted
Portales, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that Friday a Roosevelt County Grand Jury indicted cattle fraud suspects, Calvin and Darcie Pario of Portales, on 139 criminal charges including Forgery, Fraud, Conspiracy, and Racketeering which occurred while working at High Plains Livestock Auction.
On January 21, 2015, the Livestock Board, District Attorney's office, State Police, and Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the High Plains Livestock Auction. The managers of the business are Calvin and Darcie Pareo. The investigation revealed a fraudulent scheme where Calvin Pareo would purchase cattle at the auction for a certain price and then after the auction was completed, have Darcie Pareo change the prices on different buyers and sellers.
The inspectors estimated that over 13,000 sales tickets had been altered and over two million dollars had been fraudulently deprived of dairy owners and buyers in Texas and New Mexico. Due to the volume and breadth of the fraudulent activity, the inspectors only focused on twenty random sales throughout the past year and over $20,000 was altered at each sale. At one sale, the amount was over $60,000. The fraud was perpetrated on dairy owners and cattle buyers across the state and even Texas. However documents suggest years of fraudulent activity by the Parios.
Calvin and Darcie Pareo remain out on bond pending trial.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-356-4434.