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Crime Trackers: Woman who jumped bail and fled to Mexico is back on U.S soil

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TUCSON-The two year hunt for a fugitive is over.

Thirty eight-year old Tara Valencia was deported to the United States after being arrested near Los Mochis, Sinaloa Mexico. She was wanted on multiple financial offenses.

 Officials said she took nearly $1,000,000 from her employer, a Tucson & Phoenix business.

Court documents showed the 38-year old Valencia embezzled the money from January 2007 to November 2012. 

The official paperwork also stated on January 27, 2009, she filed a false 2008 income tax return.

She wrote down she received a little over $43,000 in wages, but IRS investigators said the income was false.

Her actual total income was actually more than four times that amount.

In March 2015, Michael Adams with the U.S. Marshals said she was indicted on 15 charges. She went to court,  they released her on pretrial conditions which is essentially is probation awaiting trial. She skipped out and left the country.

That's when the U.S.Marshals stepped in to look for her.

Adams said, “She was tracked to Mexico, we had some gentleman working with Mexican authorities over there they were able to track her down to Los Mochis in Sinaloa.”

News 4 Tucson did a computer search for Tara Valencia. A business profile said she worked for Oliver Exterminating of Arizona. They had offices in Phoenix and Tucson. The Tucson office said they had no knowledge of Tara Valencia.

That company was sold, but the name stayed the same.

The documents showed she spent some of the money on home cleaning services, and car insurance. She even paid the U.S. Treasury over $13,000.

Adams added, “She skipped out, and she tried avoiding going to jail for something she knew she did. She thought by going to Mexico she could get away, fortunately we have a good relationship with authorities down there, we were able to work together and bring her to justice.”

Her attorney Eric Kessler told News 4 Tucson, he couldn't comment.

Tara Valencia is scheduled to appear in court in Phoenix on Wednesday.

To read the full indictment click here.

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