Cruces police seek loan fraud suspects

Las Cruces Police Department



Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrests of three women who allegedly have used duplicate vehicle titles and false information to secure fraudulent loans.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Karen Joanna Carter, 20, and Krystle L. Bueno, 19, who are both charged with felony counts of fraud and conspiracy. Las Cruces Police and New Mexico State Police are investigating multiple reports of the women using duplicate vehicle titles and false information to secure title loans from finance companies in Las Cruces, El Pasoand surrounding communities.

Carter and Bueno are believed to be working with a third woman, 19-year-old Janet Lara, to obtain thousands of dollars in fraudulent loans from the finance companies.

Investigators have determined that the vehicle titles the trio allegedly used as collateral are duplicate titles, and they have used fake social security numbers and false contact information to obtain the loans.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Karen Joanna Carter, Krystle L. Bueno or Janet Lara, you are asked to call Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send a tip via text message to LCTIPS (528477).

The Crime Stoppers number and text messaging services are operational 24 hours a day and you do not have to give your name to collect a reward.





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