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Fri February 21, 2014
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Las Cruces Police: 2 Municipal Employees Arrested

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Two Las Cruces municipal employees are accused of falsifying public documents, diverting resources to work on a private project and misappropriating materials paid for by the city.

Las Cruces police say 43-year-old Robert "Bob" Medina Jr. and 31-year-old Jesus "Chuy" Vasquez work for the city's transportation department.

Police say both were arrested Thursday on suspicion of two counts of forgery and two counts of conspiracy.

They say Medina also is facing two counts of embezzlement and Vasquez one count.

Bond is set at $25,000 each.

Detectives received a tip last August that led to an investigation about a patio built at Medina's home in July 2010.

The cement poured for the patio reportedly was billed to Las Cruces and the project workers allegedly were on city duty at the time.