Charges dropped against convicted murderer's wife

By: Penne Usher Gold Country News Service
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Federal charges of wire fraud and money laundering have been dropped against convicted murderer Mario Garcia’s ex-wife Jean Garcia. Now that she is free from her ex-husband and legal woes, murder victim Christie Wilson’s family would like Jean Garcia to tell authorities what she knows about the 27-year-old’s 2005 disappearance. Former Auburn resident Mario Garcia, 57, is serving a 59-years-to-life sentence for Wilson’s murder. Debbie Boyd, the victim’s mother, said in a recent telephone interview, that she believes Jean Garcia knows more than she’s said about the events of Oct. 5, 2005. “I think Jean knows a lot more about the day and day after Christie’s disappearance,” Boyd said. “I believe Jean had been victimized by Mario, but now that she is free from him I would like her to come forward with what she knows.” Mario Garcia was the last person seen with Wilson in the early morning hours of Oct. 5, 2005 leaving the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln. A jury convicted him of first-degree murder on Nov. 21, 2006. Wilson’s remains have never been located. Court documents filed Dec. 11, 2006 with the U.S. Eastern District Court in Sacramento state that Jean Garcia falsified her income on loan documents to qualify for refinancing loans on her Auburn home. According to the court documents prepared by Internal Revenue Service Investigator Christopher Fitzpatrick, Jean Garcia "applied for and received a refinance of her Auburn property that she could in no way afford." “There were proof problems with the case,” said Assistant Federal Defender Tim Zindel. “We hired a mortgage finance expert to look at the documents and it was determined that she understated her income.” Zindel said Jean Garcia only used her income when she could have used her family income. He also asserted that Jean Garcia had no intent to deceive. “There was some pressure put on her to borrow the money by Mario and his friends,” Zindel said. “They set her up with the broker. She borrowed the money and made the payments. There was no intent to cheat.” Jean Garcia reportedly stated on the loan applications that she received $10,000 per month ($120,000 annually) as an IT Specialist for Placer County and received an additional $4,000 per month ($48,000 annually) from a second job with the Auburn law firm of Patrick Little. Efforts to reach Jean Garcia were unsuccessful.