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.
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.