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Fraud charges dropped against New Mexico county manager

October 25, 2019 GMT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge dismissed multiple charges against a former county manager suspected of misusing county funds and materials.

Las Cruces Sun-News reported Thursday that four felony fraud charges stemming from a 2017 investigation into former Luna County manager Ira Pearson were dropped.

Authorities say the charges included making or permitting a false public voucher and tampering with evidence.

Authorities say a 2018 criminal complaint suspected Pearson and three other officials used county funds for work at Pearson’s personal residence on county time. All but one criminal case has been dropped.

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Pearson’s attorney Jess Lilley says the judge agreed that there was not enough evidence for the case to go to even go to a jury.

Deputy district attorney Armand Velez did not immediately respond for comment.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com