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Sunland Park case dismissed

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LAS CRUCES – Prosecutors have dropped embezzlement and fraud charges against a former planning consultant for the southern New Mexico city of Sunland Park.

The Las 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.

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 “noncontract purposes.”

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