A trial for the former executive director of the Taos County Housing Authority and her husband has been moved back to May.

Carmella Martínez and her husband, Paul G. Martínez, were scheduled to face trial Monday (Feb. 11) on 49 counts related to an alleged embezzlement scheme that prosecutors say dates back to 2003.

A federal grant jury indictment filed in December alleges that Carmella Martínez issued fraudulent housing checks that were then deposited in accounts held be her and her family. The check amounts listed in the indictment add up to $67,000.

The Martínez’ attorneys asked a judge to postpone the trial to allow more time to review the evidence against the couple. The defense attorneys said the allegations against their clients span a 10-year period and the evidence includes “numerous computer disks with thousands of pages of information.”

The federal judge in the case, M. Christina Armijo, granted a motion to continue the trial date until May 6. The trial is scheduled to take place at federal court in Albuquerque.

Carmella and Paul Martínez, residents of Arroyo Seco, are on supervised release awaiting trial.

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