ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — An Alamogordo city official has been suspended without pay for allegedly allowing the water bills of family and friends to go unpaid.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1s1Tc1c) that Customer Service Manager Armando Ortega admitted to allowing some family members’ water accounts to be delinquent.
However, Ortega denies giving preferential treatment to friends.
Records show that 17 outstanding water accounts were tied to Ortega’s relatives and associates.
City Attorney Stephen Thies said Friday that about half of the more than $9,000 in outstanding balances have been paid off.
Mayor Susie Galea says Ortega began paying back the family bills after an anonymous complaint surfaced.
Ortega has been suspended since July 14 and will return to work Aug. 12.
He says he made some bad decisions and is doing his penance.