Charges against Sunland Park ex-consultant dropped

September 20, 2013 • State News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped embezzlement and fraud charges against a former planning consultant for the southern New Mexico city of Sunland Park.

The Las [auth] Cruces Sun-News ( ) reports that the District Attorney’s Office dropped charges against Annette Morales last week, more than a year after she was arrested.

Morales denied any wrongdoing, saying the charges constituted retaliation stemming from a breach of contract suit she had filed against Sunland Park.

District Attorney Mark D’Antonio says problems with the investigation and intake process prompted the dismissal.

The charges accused Morales of diverting payments from the city for what were called “non-contract purposes.”

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