Police looking for accomplice in fraud investigation

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer

An alleged scam artist is behind bars and Clovis police are looking for her husband, whom they describe as an accomplice.

Police said Cynthia Flores of Clovis was arrested on Friday afternoon. She is being held on $25,500-cash only bond at the Curry County Adult Detention Center and faces forgery and fraud charges.

Officer Paul Crowe said Flores’ husband, Ralph Flores, is also wanted on charges related to larceny, forgery and fraud.

Crowe said police have received more than 30 phone calls in the last month and a half concerning door-to-door scams targeting older residents.

Officials believe Clovis and Portales residents have been victims.

The most prevalent scam described by victims: A woman would knock on doors late at night saying she had a family member that had been in a wreck in Plainview, Texas; she needed money to get a bus ticket.

Another scam involved construction work that was paid for but never completed, Crowe said.

“It is unknown at this time what the couple used the money for,” Crowe said. “It is suspected that it is tied to narcotics due to some of (Cynthia Flores’) statements made in custody, but that has not been confirmed.”

Crowe said police believe Ralph Flores, who lives at 1100 Cameo, is still in the Clovis area. He is wanted on five outstanding warrants, four being misdemeanors with charges relating to larceny for stealing a wallet from an elderly woman.

Ralph Flores is believed to be driving a maroon 1988 Oldsmobile Delta 88, police said. The license plate is 116NNN. The vehicle has rust spots with damage on the front-passenger side fender.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” Crowe said. “Everyone needs to be aware of these suspicious incidents and not be embarrassed to report them. This could happen to anyone.”