LL woman sentenced to prison for federal bank fraud and embezzlement

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A federal judge sentenced Jolene Calderon, 35, of Los Lunas, to a 15-month term of imprisonment for her conviction on bank fraud and embezzlement in connection with health care charges.

Calderon will be on supervised release for five years after completing her prison sentence. She also was ordered to pay $86,000 in restitution to the victims of her criminal conduct.

Calderon was indicted in February 2012 and charged with 82 counts of bank fraud and five counts of theft or embezzlement of funds from a health care benefit program. She was employed as an analyst in Presbyterian Health Plan's financial department and served as the treasurer of the Presbyterian Employees Goodwill Group at the time of the offenses charged in the indictment.

According to the indictment, between October 2008 and May 2010, Calderon used her position as PEGG treasurer to commit bank fraud by diverting funds from the PEGG bank account to her own bank accounts or bank accounts she controlled. Between February 2010 and May 2010, Calderon embezzled funds belonging to Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

On June 22, 2012, Calderon pled guilty to fraud and embezzlement in connection with health care. More specifically, Calderon admitted writing checks on the PEGG account to herself, forging the signatures of authorized account signers, and making false entries into the PEGG check registry to make it appear as if the checks had been written for legitimate PEGG purposes. Calderon fraudulently obtained an aggregate of $86,000 through 82 separate transactions over a 20-month period.

Calderon also admitted that, when the PEGG account began to run low, she replenished the account by embezzling funds belonging to PHS and depositing the funds into the PEGG bank account.

Calderon misdirected checks intended for PHS into the PEGG bank account on five separate occasions and thus embezzled an aggregate of $31,867.23 in funds intended for a healthcare benefit program.

Calderon is required to surrender to a federal correctional institution to be designated by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons within 60 days to begin serving her prison sentence.