A.   Receiving stolen property means intentionally to receive, retain or dispose of stolen property knowing that it has been stolen or believing it has been stolen, unless the property is received, retained or disposed of with intent to restore it to the owner. 

Terms Used In New Mexico Statutes 30-16-11

  • Embezzlement: In most states, embezzlement is defined as theft/larceny of assets (money or property) by a person in a position of trust or responsibility over those assets. Embezzlement typically occurs in the employment and corporate settings. Source: OCC
  • Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
B.   The requisite knowledge or belief that property has been stolen is presumed in the case of a dealer who: 

(1)   is found in possession or control of property stolen from two or more persons on separate occasions; 

(2)   acquires stolen property for a consideration that the dealer knows is far below the property’s reasonable value.  A dealer shall be presumed to know the fair market value of the property in which the dealer deals; or 

(3)   is found in possession or control of five or more items of property stolen within one year prior to the time of the incident charged pursuant to this section. 

C.   For the purposes of this section: 

(1)   “dealer” means a person in the business of buying or selling goods or commercial merchandise; and 

(2)   “stolen property” means any property acquired by theft, larceny, fraud, embezzlement, robbery or armed robbery. 

D.   Whoever commits receiving stolen property when the value of the property is two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or less is guilty of a petty misdemeanor

E.   Whoever commits receiving stolen property when the value of the property is over two hundred fifty dollars ($250) but not more than five hundred dollars ($500) is guilty of a misdemeanor. 

F.   Whoever commits receiving stolen property when the value of the property is over five hundred dollars ($500) but not more than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) is guilty of a fourth degree felony

G.   Whoever commits receiving stolen property when the value of the property is over two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) but not more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) is guilty of a third degree felony. 

H.   Whoever commits receiving stolen property when the value of the property exceeds twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) is guilty of a second degree felony. 

I.   Whoever commits receiving stolen property when the property is a firearm is guilty of a fourth degree felony when its value is less than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500).

History: 1953 Comp., § 40A-16-11, enacted by Laws 1963, ch. 303, § 16-11; 1969, ch. 171, § 2; 1972, ch. 77, § 1; 1975, ch. 232, § 1; 1983, ch. 253, § 1; 1987, ch. 121, § 5; 2006, ch. 29, § 7.