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Records: State authorities raid ex-pageant director’s home

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Court documents show the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office has raided the home of the New Mexico beauty pageant’s former executive director.

KOB-TV reports that investigators this month searched Greg Smith’s home in Elida where authorities say they seized pageant documents, two computers, a digital camera and cellphone.

Smith is accused of leaving the organization owing roughly $54,000 in unpaid scholarships to contestants.

Authorities accuse him of making questionable transactions as head of the organization.

Smith did not respond to a request from KOB for comment.

The organization’s current executive director says the organization awarded $11,000 in scholarships this past year, and hopes to increase that amount as she and others work on “re-building Miss New Mexico from the ground up.”

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