Former San Juan College instructors face multiple charges of fraud, embezzlement
January 08, 2019 06:43 PM
FARMINGTON – Two former instructors at San Juan College’s School of Energy are facing allegations of fraud and embezzlement.
According to law enforcement, former instructors, Steven Gerencser and Daniel Uhl, misappropriated over $200,000 belonging to the college.
Detectives with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office report that both men are facing 32 charges each. These charges include:
- Fraud (over $20,000, 2nd degree felony)
- Embezzlement (over $20,000, 2nd degree felony)
- Fraud (over $2,500 but not over $20,000, 3rd degree felony, 9 counts)
- Embezzlement ($2,500 but not over $20,000, 3rd degree felony, 9 counts)
- Fraud ($500 but not over $2,500, 4th degree felony, 6 counts)
- Embezzlement ($500 but not over $2,500, 4th degree felony, 6 counts)
"You know there is normal everyday people that are working hard to earnt their paycheck and then we have people like this, that are doing their own thing and defrauding people and taking advantage of the system,” Detective Jarrod Slindee with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said.
In a statement to KOB, officials with the college wrote:
"(We) became aware of discrepancies in the college's well control program in March 2018. In accordance with the college's legal requirements, the matter was reported to law enforcement and the office of the state auditor. The college has been cooperating with law enforcement's investigation into this matter."
Gerencser and Uhl's first appearance in court is scheduled for January 16th in the Aztec Magistrate Court.
Updated: January 08, 2019 06:43 PM
Created: January 08, 2019 06:30 PM
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