As the year comes to a close, I am going to post some quick updates on pending items. Today’s installment is Anthony Cobos. As most of you know, Anthony Cobos pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and deprivation of honest services. Cobos pleaded guilty to accepting bribes for refinancing County debt while he was in office.
On January 3, 2014, District Judge Montalvo sentenced Anthony Cobos to four years in federal prison. Montalvo also ordered three years of supervised release for Cobos. Anthony Cobos was also fined $10,000. He was ordered to report to prison on February 11, 2014 to begin serving his sentence.
On January 31, 2014, Anthony Cobos was arrested at his home on charges of defrauding a New Mexico couple on a real estate transaction. According to the indictment, Cobos defrauded the couple by taking their payments for property that Cobos had no right to sell to them.
According to the Doña Ana court records, on February 28, 2014, his fraud case was transferred to the District Court after a Grand Jury issued an indictment. News media reports earlier in the year reported that Cobos had hired an attorney. However, the court records indicate that he is currently being represented by the Public Defender’s office. The lawyer was substituted on November 25, 2014.
The court docket shows that Anthony Cobos is scheduled to go to trial on March 9, 2015.
The Federal Inmate Locator has a record for Cobos but it shows that he is not in the custody of the federal prison system. Although I could not confirm it, it appears that Anthony Cobos is still incarcerated in Doña Ana County.
It remains unclear whether Cobos will receive credit towards his four-year prison sentence for the almost one year he has been incarcerated in New Mexico. It is likely, though, that if he is found guilty that any prison sentence will include time served. Whether Judge Montalvo gives him credit for his New Mexico jail stay is yet to be determined.