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A New Mexico federal judge sentenced an Albuquerque man last month to more than five years in prison for his role in a scheme that stole more than $1.3 million in auto loans from seven credit unions and three banks.

Rick Benavidez, 47, pleaded guilty in May to two counts of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of submitting fraudulent IRS tax returns, according to federal prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney’s office for the district of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

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