Las Cruces city employees arrested, charged with falsifying documents
Las Cruces, NM (KTSM) — Two city employees in Las Cruces are suspected of falsifying public documents, diverting resources to work on a private project, and misappropriating materials. Both have been arrested and charged with multiple felonies.
Robert "Bob" Medina Jr., 43, and Jesus "Chuy" Vasquez, 31, both employees of the City's Transportation Department, are charged with two counts of forgery and two counts of conspiracy. Medina also faces two counts of embezzlement while Vasquez faces one such count.
Las Cruces Police detectives became aware of the alleged transgressions through an anonymous tip in August 2013. After interviewing several witnesses and pouring through numerous receipts, purchase orders, worksheets and billing documents, detectives learned that in July 2010 Medina, Vasquez and another city employee built a concrete patio at Medina's residence at 4692 Mesita St.
The cement poured for the patio was billed to the City and the employees completed the project while on duty with the City.
Medina and Vasquez were both arrested Thursday, Feb. 20, and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bonds set at $25,000 each.
Las Cruces Police detectives are continuing their investigation. Additional charges are possible.