Deputy Cochise County Sheriff and Wife Charged with Embezzling Nearly $1 Million Dollars from Sierra Vista Doctor

PHOENIX (Wednesday, February 9, 2011) - Attorney General Tom Horne today announced the charging of Angelina Lopez and her husband, Cochise County Sheriff’s Deputy Victor Lopez, of Sierra Vista, Arizona.  Lopez and her husband have been charged with embezzling nearly $1,000,000 from her former employer, a medical doctor in Sierra Vista, Arizona. 

The charges, filed in Cochise County are a result of an investigation conducted by the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Sierra Vista Police Department. Angelina Lopez was charged with one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices and three counts of theft. Her husband, Victor Lopez, was charged with conspiracy, fraudulent schemes and artifices and three counts of theft. 

The charges are merely accusations and the suspects are presumed innocent of all charges until or unless they are proven guilty. 

This case was referred to and is being prosecuted by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Criminal Division.  Copies of the indictment are attached.   For more information, contact Arizona Attorney General's Office Press Secretary Amy Rezzonico at 602-542-8019.