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New arrests in Ayudando Guardians embezzlement case

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The Sycamore Square building, 1400 Central SE, houses the headquarters of Ayudando Guardians. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Two family members of indicted Ayudando Guardians Inc. president Susan Harris were arrested today, as federal authorities unsealed a new criminal indictment alleging Harris’ husband and adult son were also involved in the criminal scheme to embezzle funds held by the company for veterans, mentally impaired and other vulnerable clients.

William Harris, and Craig M. Young, Harris’ son from her first marriage, were indicted on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud, aiding and abetting, and money laundering.

Both reportedly worked for the Albuquerque-based non-profit, which provided guardianship, representative payee and other financial services for more than 1,000 clients. Both men were listed on Ayudando’s board of directors.

Susan Harris and Sharon Moore, vice president of the now-defunct company, were indicted last summer after a year long federal investigation into the alleged theft of more than $4 million from client accounts.

William Harris and Young, according to federal records, had company credit cards, and charged tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses to Ayudando. Client funds were used to pay those credit card bills, federal records allege.

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