Lovington Official Enters Plea for Fraud Charges

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Lovington City Commissioner David Trujillo has pleaded to charges of fraud, attempted fraud, money laundering and conspiracy in a plea agreement that dropped most of the charges filed against him in 2006.

Trujillo on Friday entered Alford pleas before state District Judge Charles Currier to one felony count each of fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering and five misdemeanor counts of attempted fraud over $250.

An Alford plea means the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors might have enough evidence for a conviction.

Twenty-nine other fraud counts were dropped.

The charges stem from an investigation into phony orders for cleaning supplies at the College of the Southwest in Hobbs, where Trujillo worked.