Arroyo Grande woman sentenced to 15 months for theft

November 22, 2011

An Arroyo Grande woman who admitted to stealing nearly $110,000 from U.S. Bank and two elderly customers while she was employed at its Arroyo Grande branch was sentenced Monday to 15 months in federal prison, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

United States District Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen also ordered Brenda Bautista Hurtado, 26, to pay $109,071 in restitution.

Hurtado pleaded guilty in August to one count of theft by a bank employee. In a plea agreement filed in United States District Court, Hurtado specifically admitted that she stole nearly $100,000 from two customers’ accounts, as well as another $10,000 in cash from the bank’s vault in June 2010.

The investigation in this case revealed that Hurtado secretly accessed U.S. Bank’s computer system and changed the contact information for the accounts of two bank customers, both of whom were in their 80s. After changing their contact information, Hurtado then closed these accounts and took out cashier’s checks for the balance of each account.

When one of the customers came to the bank and learned that his account had been closed, Hurtado went into the bank’s vault and took $10,000 in cash. Hurtado then went to Mexico for several weeks before returning to the United States.

Hurtado’s “crimes of theft are grave based on the amount of loss alone, but are particularly troubling given the nature of the victims targeted and the level of planning and deception employed,” federal prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum.

The case against Hurtado is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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21 Comments

  1. rallyraid says:

    Ted Slanders says:
    11/22/2011 at 11:06 am

    This is what happens when we let the Sisters of Eve take positions that are reserved for the man only! At what point are you fellow Christians going to realize that the woman is subservient to men, and should basically stay home, cooking, washing, and generally be at the beckon call of the man of the house!
    What century were you born in fool? Go back to your flock of Bigot sheep Slanders.

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    • Ted Slanders says:

      Rallyraid,

      Such hostility! Shameful. To entertain your biblical ignorance, we all live in the century of Christ if we have our bibles in hand! What part of God’s word didn’t you understand in the passages that were given by me to substantiate that the women is subservient to man?

      Read them again, and accept that our Christian God knows more than you. Thank you.

      “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” ( Proverbs 30:5-6 ) KEY WORDS; “EVERY WORD OF GOD IS PURE!”

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      • rallyraid says:

        No hostility here, Slander. But id like you to answer why you have such ill feelings towards women? God never told us to keep them pregnant and locked up in the kitchen nor did he ever say their lesser than man. Have you no mind of your own to distinguish whats right and wrong in this life?

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        • Ted Slanders says:

          rallyraid,

          I will answer your biblical ignorant questions in order.

          For the TRUE Christian, and above all, we learn by example of what “our” God does, and promotes within the bible. I have no ill feelings towards women only when they do as expected by biblical axioms relating to them.

          What part of the godly passages below don’t you understand?

          “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as even as Christ is head of the church,and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every way!” (Ephesians 5: 22-24 )

          Paul states the following of what the woman should do; “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.” (Colossians 3:18 ) Do you know more than Paul?

          “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3 )

          “Let the women learn is silence with all subjection” “But I suffer not a woman to teach, not to usurp authority over the man, BUT TO BE IN SILENCE!” (Timothy 2:11-12)

          Relating to keeping the woman pregnant, to wit: “As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.” (Genesis 9:7) This theme is also echoed within Genesis 1:28, 9:1, 28:3, 35:11.

          Locked up in the kitchen? When women are subdued by the man as the bible stipulates, then if the man requires food at any time of the day, then they are to provide it in the kitchen. Do the simple math.

          Lessor than man? “And I find more bitter than death the woman! , whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands; who so pleaseth god shall escape from her, but the sinner shall be taken in by her” (Ecclesiastes 7:26) In Genesis 2:18, our God created animals FIRST, then subsequently, He created a woman to be a helpmate secondary to the animals! You can’t get any “lessor” than this factoid!

          If one is a TRUE Christian, we must follow the biblical principles set forth by the inspired word of our God. Therefore, we cannot follow His words and have a mind of our own at the same time. Get it?

          Good day.

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          • danika says:

            When God Himself appears before me and instructs me to become subservient to men, then and only then will I honor his directly spoken word. Until that time comes, I remain subservient to no man or the “inspired words” of mankind.

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            • Ted Slanders says:

              danika,

              Such insolence to our Christian God!!! Dear, I understand how you feel knowing full well that you’re a second class citizen within the bible, and at the present time, according to the scriptures.

              When you do see God, it will be on Judgment Day, and I can almost here the springing of the trap doors to Hell in your behalf!

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    • smartmouth says:

      You can’t be for real…………… no one is that much of a freak!

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  2. r0y says:

    …stealing nearly $110,000… ordered … to pay $109,071 in restitution.

    Seems like she might be a missing a lesson here… it’s like government/corporate stealing! Rip ’em all off and get away with a class action lawsuit and profit!

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  3. Citizen says:

    Citizen or not, it’s too bad she can’t be deported to Mexico where she originally fled. She will never be able to pay restitution without stealing the money from somewhere else.

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    • RU4Real says:

      It’s too bad Hurtado didn’t STAY in Mexico. Maybe she can be deported for her crime against these senior citizens.

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      • The Gimlet Eye says:

        Apparently crime pays BETTER here in the U.S. than it does it Mexico. Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to be # 1.

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  4. Ted Slanders says:

    This is what happens when we let the Sisters of Eve take positions that are reserved for the man only! At what point are you fellow Christians going to realize that the woman is subservient to men, and should basically stay home, cooking, washing, and generally be at the beckon call of the man of the house!

    “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” (Ephesians 5:22-24) Our Michele Bachmann believes in this concept, remember?

    If this, and other banks, would just follow the teachings of Jesus the Christ, there would be no women whatsoever in any business where she could usurp the authority over men, and we wouldn’t have to be reading such articles where but another woman has transgressed not only against the man, but God as well!

    “Let the women learn is silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, not to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” (Timothy 2:11 ) Does any woman, or man, know more than the word of God as shown in the passage above? No, I didn’t think so!

    Remember, it all started with Eve transgressing in the Garden of Eden and causing the original sin, and the man has been paying for it ever since!

    We need to get back to the basic bible principles as set forth by our God relative to the woman and it will be a greater society because of it!

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    • hotdog says:

      “Our Michele Bachmann believes in this concept, remember?” You mention hypocrites sometimes, she is the queen of that. She is evil, and a prime example of someone who probably violates every tenet of ancient biblical teachings. Your supreme ignorance is showing.

      AND, she is in Congress, a bit higher than a bank teller. She is in a much higher position than her (also a biblical bummer) husband who, with her, does not believe in human rights for all.

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      • Citizen says:

        So you think that Michele Bachman doesn’t believe in human rights for all–because she opposes what?–gay marriage? Buck up, buddy, a lot of people oppose gay marriage. I don’t , but I think that people like you, who can’t bear that someone would have a different view, feel entitled to smear them and call them evil. You are the one who is evil because you so resent that she has the right to voice her opinion that you would silence her if you had the chance.

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        • zaphod says:

          “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”
          Issac Asimov

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    • Rawhide says:

      Ted, most men will always accept and eat the fruit that women (Eve’s) offer them. In that regard women will never be subservient to men…It’s really the other way around, since Adam was eager to follow the wishes of the woman Eve.

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  5. Vagabond says:

    So basically she robbed a bank. I am sure the elderly bank customers were made whole again since the bank has federal insurance. So my question is, why bother identifying the two accounts as elderly people? She probably could have accessed anyones account.

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    • Ted Slanders says:

      Vagabond,

      Brenda might have been praying only upon the elderly because of the possibility that they were forgetful, or had some other malady of our older generation that would have prevented them from knowing about what they actually had in their accounts. Basically, once again, the woman shouldn’t have been working there in the first place, so saith the scriptures.

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      • hotdog says:

        When slinging your bible around you might want to check the meaning of the words you use. “Brenda might have been praying only upon the elderly because of”–you mean preying. You also made similar ridiculous mistakes in your first note.

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    • Citizen says:

      It’s an attitude among some that old people don’t count, that the old should just die and leave everything for the young.

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      • willie says:

        Citizen

        It’s an attitude among some that old people don’t count,
        that the old should just die and leave everything for the young.

        Agreed

        That is why I feel it is so most important to leave your children a good education regardless whether you leave them a million dollars or nothing from bankrupsy.
        At that point you have fulfilled all you can do, the rest is up to them.

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