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Probate judge forced to resign, could face criminal charges

KOB.com Web Staff
October 12, 2017 06:57 PM

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. -- A probate judge in southern New Mexico has been forced to resign in the face of some serious criminal charges.

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According to documents from the Judicial Standards Commission, Sierra County Probate Judge Pam Smith will never be a judge in New Mexico again. 

Documents show she's accused of using her position to allow her and her husband to take possession of a dead man's estate. The documents claim the Smiths then closed the man's bank accounts and transferred around $280,000 into their own accounts.

New Mexico State Police are investigating the accusations.

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