AG Balderas Announces Probable Cause Finding Against Roswell Couple to Stand Trial for Stealing over $1 Million from Local Restaurant

For Immediate Release:
November 14, 2019
Contact: Matt Baca — (505) 270-7148

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that
charges against Brian and Tammy Casaus will proceed to trial after a probable cause
finding by the Chaves County Magistrate Court. The couple is charged with multiple
felony crimes stemming from their theft from the Cattle Baron Restaurant in Roswell.
The two are charged with 13 felony counts, respectively, including for racketeering, tax
fraud, money laundering, and embezzlement.
“My office is dedicated to protecting all New Mexicans from crimes that damage our
families to our business community,” said Attorney General Balderas. “We must keep
our communities safe so that every New Mexican family has an opportunity to prosper,
so I look forward to seeking justice in this case.”
“The Taxation and Revenue Department stands ready to help law enforcement
agencies investigate white collar crime. Our agents’ expertise is an important tool for
building what are often complicated cases and for providing justice to victims,” said
Taxation and Revenue Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke.
After Brian and Tammy Casaus waived their preliminary hearing, the Magistrate Court
judge determined probable cause exists to support each charge, and the court bound
those charges over for trial in the Fifth Judicial District Court.
The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Office with help from Tax Fraud
Investigation Division of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. The Special
Prosecutions Division of the Office of the Attorney General is prosecuting the case.