Former Sandia Labs employee indicted for stealing federal funds

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A federal grand jury has indicted a now-former Sandia National Labs employee accused of using his lab-issued credit card to go on an Amazon spending spree. 

The feds raided Joshua Cordova’s home back in December after an internal review of company credit card charges turned up red flags. Investigators say Cordova bought items off Amazon, including his wife’s $3,400 engagement ring, a 55-inch TV, barber chair, trampoline and more. 

He’s then accused of hiding the transactions by saying he bought things needed for work. In total, it’s believed he spent at least $173,000. He’s now charged with theft and conversion of federal funds. 

According to the indictment, Cordova is charged with 49 counts to embezzle, steal, purloin and convert to his own use taxpayers’ money totaling up to $173,782.32 in just over a four year period. Below are some examples of the charges he made.

” To conceal his fraudulent use SNL Procurement Cards and perpetuate his
continuing scheme, CORDOVA disguised his fraudulent transactions in his
reconciliation accounting. For example:

(a) On or about July 12, 2016, CORDOVA used a SNL Procurement Card that had 
been issued to him to buy a diamond engagement ring (described as a 1.57
Carat Princess Cut Designer Four Prong Round Diamond Engagement Ring) from
an on-line retailer at a cost of approximately $3,429. That diamond ring
was delivered to a house where  CORDOVA then resided in southwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico. In his reconciliation of charges to his assigned
SNL Procurement Card, CORDOVA falsely represented that this charge was for
the purchase of: “Grid Aim Kit, 3-Grid Boards, 1-Tri-Pod, 1-Wep Mount, 1-
XRS Adapt, l-Fiducial, 1-Tool set, l-Aim Finder etc.”

(b) On or about May 31, 2017, CORDOVA used a SNL Procurement Card that had
been issued to him to purchase a table (described as a Steve Silver Company
Tournament Dining Game Table) from an on-line retailer at a cost of
approximately $628. That table was delivered to CORDOVA’S residence in
southwest Albuquerque. CORDOVA fraudulently described this purchase as: “1
Pelican 1650 with foam cut out top zipper packs 1 Pelican 1510 with foam.”

(c) On or about August 22, 2017, CORDOVA used a SNL Procurement Card that
had been issued to him to purchase four (4) barber chairs (described as
Armstead Professional Reclining Barber Chairs) from an on-line retailer for
approximately $2,199. (Those chairs were in addition to: five Barber Pub
All Purpose Hydraulic Barber Chairs purchased on May 30 2017; one Truman’s
Barber Chair purchased on June 1, 2017; and three LCL Beauty Salon Styling
Station Packages purchased on July 13, 2017.) These barber chairs were
delivered to CORDOVA’S residence in southwest Albuquerque, New Mexico.
CORDOVA disguised this purchase in his accounting as: “6 men/redo
tripods 550.”

(d) On or about August 24, 2017, CORDOVA used a SNL Procurement Card that
had been issued to him to buy a Samsung Curved 55? 4K Ultra HD Smart LED
television from an on-line retailer for approximately $899. That television
was delivered to CORDOVA’s residence in southwest Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In his reconciliation, CORDOVA fraudulently described this purchase as: “1
full kit 0 12 items Bosch power tools.”

(e) On or about August 28, 2017, CORDOVA used a SNL Procurement Card that
had been entrusted to him to buy a diamond wedding band (described as a
1.40 Carat 14K White Gold Princess Round Diamond Ladies Anniversary Wedding
Band) from an on-line retailer for approximately $944. Like the engagement
ring and other merchandise that preceded it, this wedding band was
delivered to CORDOVA’S residence in southwest Albuquerque, New Mexico. To
conceal the nature of this purchase in his accounting, CORDOVA described it
as: “2 carbon fiber Manfredo 510 tripods.”

(f) On or about June 18, 2018, CORDOVA used a SNL Procurement Card that had
been assigned to him to buy a trampoline (described as a Skywalker 15′
Rectangle Trampoline with Enclosure) from an on-line retailer for
approximately $571. That trampoline was delivered to CORDOVA’S residence in
southwest Albuquerque, New Mexico. CORDOVA disguised this purchase in his
reconciliation reporting as: “3 Pe[l]ican case w/Velcro packs.”

(g) On or about July 11, 2018, CORDOVA used a SNL Procurement Card that had
been issued to him to buy two (2) home theater sets (described as 5.1
Home-Theater Sets with Sonos Play Sub and Playbar) from an on-line retailer
for approximately $3,720. These sets were delivered to CORDOVA’S residence
in southwest Albuquerque, New Mexico. In his accounting for the charge to
his assigned SNL Procurement Card, CORDOVA falsely represented that he had
purchased “10 switches.”

(h) On or about August 28, 2018, CORDOVA used a SNL Procurement Card that
had been issued to him to buy two (2) (described as Goodyear Wrangler
DuraTrac radial tires) from an on-line retailer for approximately $528.
Those tires were delivered to CORDOVA’S residence in southwest Albuquerque,
New Mexico. CORDOVA concealed the nature of this purchase in his accounting
by representing that he had purchased: “3 Pelican cases w/foam cutout.”

(i) On or about September 13, 2018, CORDOVA used a SNL Procurement Card
that had been assigned to him to buy a refrigerator (described as an LG
26.2 cubic foot stainless steel French-door refrigerator) from a store in
Los Lunas, New Mexico, for $2,018.99. That refrigerator was delivered to a
residence in northwest Albuquerque, New Mexico, that CORDOVA then shared
with his wife. In his accounting for charges to the SNL Procurement Card
entrusted to him, CORDOVA falsely described this purchase as: “De Walt
batteries, 3 De Walt torque drills, 2 power cords.”

(j) On or about that same day, September 13, 2018, CORDOVA used one of the
SNL Procurement Cards that had been issued to him to also purchase a
washing machine (described as a white Samsung 5.2 cubic foot top load
washing-machine) and a clothes dryer (described as a white Samsung 7.4
cubic boot electric dryer) from a store in Los Lunas, New Mexico, for
$1,802.92. These appliances were delivered to the home of CORDOVA’S ex-
wife, in Los Lunas, New Mexico. CORDOVA disguised this purchase in his
reconciliation as: “CatS cable 3bx-150?, cable reels, power cords, power
blocks, GFCIs.” 

To read the full indictment, click here.

 
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