ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Thomas McIntosh, 33, of Española, New Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court in Albuquerque on Dec. 10 to embezzlement and theft from Indian tribal organization.
According to his plea agreement, McIntosh admitted he worked at the Totavi Station on the San Ildefonso Pueblo San Ildefonso Pueblo where his responsibilities included administration of New Mexico State Lottery sales. Between Mar. 19 and April 4, McIntosh intentionally and unlawfully accessed lottery tickets in order to determine the winning tickets, purchased them, and attempted to claim the winnings for himself. McIntosh also admitted he intentionally altered business records and continued to embezzle winnings from cash registers and the New Mexico State Lottery.
McIntosh faces up to one year in prison. His plea agreement calls for restitution, a mandatory fine, and probation.
The Albuquerque office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Flores is prosecuting the case.