Attorney General Announces Felony Charges For Two Men Accused Of Stealing $500,000 In Hay


Attorney General Balderas announced Thursday that Valencia County Magistrate Court Judge John R. Chavez found probable cause that Leo Martinez and Robbie Proffitt committed the felony crimes of embezzlement, fraud, and forgery. Proffitt and Martinez, two commercial truck drivers, allegedly stole approximately $500,000 worth of bulk hay that they were supposed to have delivered to Pareo Farm, a family dairy farm in Valencia County. Instead, the pair sold that stolen hay to another Valencia County rancher, and fraudulently billed Pareo Farm for delivery of the hay that was stolen from them.

“Family farmers and ranchers work tirelessly to provide the backbone of New Mexico’s economy, and we must do everything we can to protect them,” said Attorney General Balderas. “The alleged actions of Proffitt and Martinez caused a significant economic harm to the victims and we will hold them accountable.” 

These cases will be bound over to the Thirteenth Judicial District Court where both Proffitt and Martinez will stand trial. These cases were investigated and prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General.