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Former city judge candidate charged with embezzlement

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A former candidate for Roswell Municipal Judge is facing a criminal charge after he allegedly embezzled tens of thousands of dollars over the course of nearly three years from the local troop of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol.

Timothy Davidson (Submitted Photo)

Timothy Davidson, 52, of Roswell, was arrested Oct. 29 on one count of embezzlement over $20,000, according to documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Davidson, according to court documents, is suspected of moving a total of $43,788.52 from the account of Troop 13 and into three of his own personal accounts via internet between Oct. 5, 2019 and Sept. 9, 2020. Of that amount, court documents state $24,750 was deposited from those same accounts back into Troop 13’s account.

Davidson was treasurer for Troop 13 from sometime in 2016 until the summer of 2020, Kevin Berry, deputy chief of the south for the New Mexico Mounted Patrol, said Thursday.

“We did an internal investigation and presented the information to RPD and they are conducting their investigation,” Berry said.

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The Mounted Patrol is an all-volunteer law enforcement agency which assists local and state law enforcement agencies.

Sums allegedly transferred by Davidson ranged in amount from $75 to as much as $1,175. A search warrant was executed on Davidson’s three accounts. Court documents state the history of withdrawals and deposits into and from those accounts allegedly matched bank statements from the Troop 13 account.

“Mr. Davidson’s personal bank accounts would regularly drop close to or sometimes into the negative balance which would be followed by a transaction moving money from Troop 13’s account into Mr. Davidson’s account,” court documents state.

The Law Office of the Public Defender of New Mexico in Roswell is listed in court records as representing Davidson. Calls to the office to get a response to the charges were not answered before press time Thursday.

Jason Holloway, chief of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol, said Davidson was suspended from the Troop Oct. 3 following discovery of a shortage of funds. The Troop’s board subsequently voted to dismiss Davidson from the organization Oct. 19.

Court documents state the current treasurer for Troop 13 on Sept. 30 noticed a shortage of funds in the Troop’s account, with a remaining balance of only $1,372.93 at that time.

When later asked by a detective, the current treasurer said the account does not get used more than once or twice a month and should have contained $8,800.

The Troop’s current treasurer later obtained the transaction history for the organization’s account, where he noticed several transfers made to and from three other bank accounts.

Court documents state that top Mounted Patrol officers confronted Davidson on Oct. 3 about the missing money.

“Mr. Davidson would not look them in the eyes and seemed nervous,” court documents state.

Davidson, along with Gary Galassini and the election’s eventual winner, Judge Joseph Seskey, competed in the March race for municipal judge.

Throughout the campaign, Davidson touted his time on the Mounted Patrol as proof of his passion for community service.

Berry said Thursday the Mounted Patrol depends on donations. Because of the money allegedly taken, he said the Troop will need to figure out how to cover some of its expenses.

“We already pay for things out of our own pocket, but now we have a significant amount of money that could’ve gone toward trainings or equipment that we are not going to have,” he said.

Magistrate Judge K.C. Rogers on Oct. 30 released Davidson on his own recognizance following a first appearance in court.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301 or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.