Maria Carrillo joins her husband in jail on racketeering charges for real estate scam
In August, we told you about the arrest of Alfonso Carrillo on racketeering charges related to an elaborate real estate scam.
Big photos below.
Now, Carrillo's wife, Maria Carrillo, is facing similar charges. And while allegations against two others ID'd in the first indictment have been dropped, a named fugitive remains at large.
As we reported in our original coverage, on view below in its entirety, Alfonso would allegedly gain access to empty houses, then "sell" them to people who wanted a place of their own badly enough to offer up everything from cash to car titles in exchange.
Problem is, Alfonso didn't own the properties in question. In some cases, he was able to enter them only after his associate, Rudy Breda (the guy who's still on the run), got past locks or lock boxes placed there by the real owners. The buyers would then move in and often spend lots of dough to fix up the joints, only to be tossed out when the legitimate owners discovered them there.
What was Maria's role? The superseding indictment, shared below, reveals that when Alfonso recommended that his clients file bankruptcy in order to "interrupt any legal proceedings that might be pending against them," Maria would do the filing for them -- an action that presumably did more to benefit her and Alfonso than any of their thoroughly duped clients.
For her participation, Maria has now been charged with violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, plus what are described as "other felony counts of forgery, conspiracy to commit forgery and attempt to influence a public servant."
Meanwhile, Jose Caraveo and Veronica Fernandez-Beleta, who were named as defendants in the earlier indictment, are confronted with a classic good news-bad news situation. The good news: They no longer face any charges. The bad news: They're now considered victims of theft -- something they've presumably known for quite some time.
Look below to see a larger version of Maria's mug shot, followed by the superseding indictment and our previous coverage.
Continue to read our original coverage about the case against Alfonso Carrillo and Rudy Breda.