Orta pleads Not Guilty in Socorro theft case

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 6:52pm

Former Socorro Police Chief Refugio Orta pleaded not guilty, though he waived his appearance at his arraignment Tuesday.

Orta, along with District 4 City Rep. Jesse Gandara Jr., are accused of theft and misappropriation of public funds.

El Paso County Sheriff's deputies raided Socorro City Hall in July, investigating a complaint that they received reimbursements on expenses to a trip to Austin they shouldn't have.

Orta's trial date has been set for June 7th.

Gandara, Jr. will be arraigned next week.

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