TUCSON, Ariz. – LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – A federal grand jury in Tucson, Ariz. returned an eighteen count indictment
against Sergio Renteria of Willcox, Ariz., his wife, Sandra Renteria, also of Willcox, and their daughter,
Kayla Taylor, for conspiring to impede and impair the functions of the Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for illegally disposing of property pledged as security to the Farm Service
Agency, and for bankruptcy fraud.
Sergio Renteria and Sandra Renteria were arrested today in Willcox
by Special Agents of the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Deputies of the United States Marshals Service. Kayla Renteria was arrested today in Phoenix. The
Farm Service Agency is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides loans to farmers.
The indictment alleges that Sergio Renteria, Sandra Renteria and Kayla Renteria obtained loans totaling over $800,000 from the Farm Service Agency. The indictment alleges that the Renterias
failed to make payments on the loans and fraudulently sold crops and farm equipment that had been pledged as security for the loans. In addition, the indictment alleges that in connection with a loan, Kayla
Taylor falsely told the Farm Service Agency that the loan to her would be used for farm operations, when in fact she used some of the loan proceeds to purchase two Mercedes Benz cars. The indictment further
alleges that after Sergio Renteria and Sandra Renteria filed for bankruptcy, they improperly concealed
assets from the Bankruptcy Court.
Each of the counts in the indictment, except making a false statement in connection with a
loan, carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. The false statement
in connection with a loan charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, or
both. In determining an actual sentence, the sentencing judge will consult the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide appropriate sentencing ranges. The judge, however, is not bound by those
guidelines in determining a sentence.
An indictment is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented
to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Agriculture. The prosecution is being handled by the United
States Attorney’s Office in Tucson, Arizona.
CASE NUMBER: CR-06-1275-TUC
RELEASE NUMBER: 2006-138(Renteria et.al.)