ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that contracts providing luxurious “double-dipping” arrangements for two former Luna County employees are unconstitutional because they amount to illegal debt.
The Albuquerque Journal reports () that U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Schneider made the ruling earlier this month after Paul Borde and Forest Bostick sued over action to void contracts they held after retiring.
An Albuquerque attorney representing the county says the decision “essentially means victory in the case” and is likely to save the state’s poorest county more than $500,000 plus attorney’s fees.
But attorneys representing the former Luna County employees, say the case is still very much alive and “opens up several new avenues.”
The men first went to work for Luna County in the 1990s but had retired by 2000.