Thief sent to Prison for 15 years

Clovis, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced today, Latoya Gutierrez, age 35, of Clovis, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for Theft of Identity (2 counts), Forgery (5 Counts), Conspiracy to Theft of Identity and 2 counts of Fraud.
On November 2, 2021, Gutierrez was found guilty by a Curry County Jury.
On October 11, 2019, the Bank of Clovis alerted the Clovis Police Department that Gutierrez had opened an account with a forged check. During the investigation the Detective found that Gutierrez passed 5 forged checks which were signed by her. One of the victims and bank representatives from JP Stone and The Bank of Clovis testified at trial.
The Honorable Drew Tatum presided over the trial and sentenced Gutierrez to 15 years in the Department of Corrections. Judge Tatum stated, “Just petty thievery, even a child knows the difference between right and wrong.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney, Nicholas Rossi, and Gutierrez was represented by criminal defense attorney, Frank Rio, of Clovis.
For more information, please contact the Office of the District Attorney, at 575-769-2246.