Tucson man sentenced for embezzlement

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A 33-year old Tucson man is one of two people sentenced for embezzling almost $1 million in stolen social security checks. Alfonso Ojeda-Madero was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. The second man, 49-year old Louis Curiel III of Goodyear, was sentenced to probation

Investigators say between January of 2002 and January of 2003, Ojeda-Madero acquired social security checks payable to beneficiaries in Mexico through his financial services company in Mexico, and sent them to Curiel in Arizona for deposit in a corporate account he had established at an Arizona bank. Ojeda-Madero pleaded guilty to possession of stolen mail, while Curiel pleaded guilty to conspiring to convert government funds.