UPDATE: Fmr. EP County Judge Anthony Cobos arrested
POSTED: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 1:55pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 9:41am
DASO: Warrant issued earlier this week
Doña Ana County, NM (KTSM) — Former El Paso County Judge Anthony Cobos is facing fraud charges in Dona Ana County. It was an unexpected arrest for Cobos as the arrest comes just weeks before his scheduled surrender to a federal prison in colorado.
On Friday morning Cobos was arrested in his home in the Upper Valley and was later transported to the Dona Ana County Detention center in Las Cruces. Cobos is accused of defrauding a couple in Chaparral by selling a mobile home that already had a foreclosure by the mortgage holder.
The investigation determined that Cobos was never the legal holder of the property which reportedly belonged to his stepmother who is now deceased. This couple allegedly payed the former judge a little over $500.00 dollars each month since 2009. Those payments totaled to more than $43,000.
The former county judge is also scheduled to surrender on February 11th to federal authorities in Colorado after pleading guilty of corruption charges when he was county judge. Dona Ana County Sheriff’s spokesperson said it will be up to a judge if Cobos is released before his surrender date.
“It was important to us that we get these charges filed prior to that he’s going to be arraigned on Monday he’s currently at the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he is being held on a 50 thousand dollar cash only bond, he will have an opportunity to make that bond after his arraignment on Monday morning but if he can not the he cannot turn himself in Colorado.” Sheriff's Spokesperson Kelly Jameson said.
Sheriff investigators obtained receipts of each payment made to Cobos from the couple. Jameson added that if Cobos pays his bond it would be Dona Ana County’s responsibility to transport him once the prosecution process begins.
ORIGINAL STORY: Andra Litton.
Former El Paso County Judge Anthony Cobos, 46, was arrested shortly after 8:00 a.m. Friday morning in El Paso by U.S. Marshals and members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF) on two felony warrants issued out of Doña Ana County.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Scott Williams confirmed that the U.S. Marshals Service and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF) apprehended Cobos on behalf of the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office, and he was extradited to Doña Ana County Friday afternoon.
Cobos is charged with two counts of felony fraud in connection with an investigation alleging that Cobos took a total of $43, 290.26 from a couple in Chaparral, NM. The couple claims that they entered into a lease purchase agreement with Cobos in 2009, and made monthly payments in the amount of $506 to Cobos. The terms of the lease purchase contract also included yearly lump sums to Cobos.
DACSO allege that Cobos' deceased stepmother was the legal owner of the property, and Cobos was never the legal lien holder to the Chaparral property. The couple was given notice by the mortgage company in June 2013 that the last payment made on the property was made in November 2012, and the property was being foreclosed on by the mortgage holder. The couple had also reportedly paid Cobos seven additional payments after the loan went into default.
U.S. Marshals and the LSFTF were able to apprehend Cobos at his home in the 10000 block of Pescador in El Paso early Friday morning.
Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Kelly Jameson confirmed that the second degree Felony warrant was issued for the arrest of Cobos earlier this week.
She added that the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation, and the U.S. Marshals Service assisted in serving the warrant and the arrest.
Anthony Cobos was sentenced earlier this month to four years in federal prison for his role in the ongoing public corruption scandal. Cobos was set to turn himself in to serve his prison term on February 11th, where he would be transferred to a federal facility in Englewood, Colorado.
EDITOR'S NOTE: An update to this story incorrectly said Cobos was arrested Monday morning, the story has been corrected to say Friday morning (1/31/14)