SOCORRO, Texas — 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.