Police make arrests in computer crimes case

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 Los Alamos Police have made two arrests involving a computer crimes case involving more than $50,000 that was illegally transferred from a victim at Los Alamos National Bank.


 Fernando Rodriguez, 31, of Los Alamos, has been charged with five counts of third degree felony, computer access with intent to defraud or embezzle and one count of second degree felony, computer access with intent to defraud or embezzle. Rodriguez is currently being held in Los Alamos Detention Center with no bond.

Also arrested was Ryan Roller, 31, of Santa Clara Pueblo and he was charged with third degree felony conspiracy. Roller has posted bond, according to police.

Detectives were notified Nov. 4 when Roller attempted to make a large cash withdrawl.

“I want to thank LANB for catching this issue quickly, they are always good about getting us involved early enough where we can begin our investigation quickly to make arrests and seize money and evidence,” Detective Sgt. Oliver Morris said.

“Not just in this case but the previous check forgeries that were coming in a few weeks ago, LANB staff members are very good at spotting suspicious behavior.”

Police said this case is part of a larger inter-state-scheme.

“Our arrested suspects did not initiate this case. This is a part of a larger criminal enterprise initiated on the east coast.” Morris said.

LAPD will be following up on suspect(s) and working with the appropriate agencies to further this investigation.  

Morris said, “We are still working on how victim(s) are being hacked, but as a reminder, whenever you receive emails from what appears to be your financial institution asking you to update your bank account information, you should not click on any link.  Customers should always visit their bank’s secure site to make changes and contact the Bank with any suspicious emails or phone calls they receive and they should always verify who is contacting them”

A few weeks ago, detectives made three arrests associated with stolen checks out of mailboxes in the White Rock area.

Det. Paige Early has recently obtained an arrest warrant for a Brandi Vigil the fourth suspect in that case for Forgery on $3,500 bond.  If anyone has any information on her whereabouts they should contact Los Alamos Police at 662-8222.  

LAPD has already recovered evidence through a search warrant in Espanola to include a vehicle that was purchased with some of the stolen money.  Most of the money was prevented from being withdrawn and detectives have been able to seize thousands of dollars in cash, gift cards, and a vehicle recently purchased.