Christina Joyner, 48, of Rio Rancho, will serve two years in prision and pay back more than $2 million to her former employer after pleading guilty to wire fraud in September 2022.

According to court records, from approximately July 2014 through September 2021, Joyner used her position as bookkeeper for Quanz Motor Car Company, doing business as Quanz Auto Body, to defraud the company of more than $2 million. During that time, she issued checks to herself while coding them as legitimate business expenses, using company credit cards to make personal purchases online, retaining money from cash transactions and creating fraudulent pay stubs for her husband that were used as proof of income to obtain loans. Joyner also set email reminders to modify entries in accounting software and manipulated it to conceal her actions.

Joyner’s employer completely trusted her with the company’s finances, as well as the employees’ personal information, and one reported that her abuse of their trust “has hurt far worse than any financial impact has,” a release from the U.S. Department of Justice states. Joyner blamed her deceased husband’s addiction for her theft; however the investigation revealed that Joyner used the money to fund both her and her husband’s lifestyle.

Upon her release from prison, Joyner will be subject to three years of supervised release and must complete 60 hours of community service.