Home News Local News Former municipal judge candidate pleads not guilty to embezzlement

Former municipal judge candidate pleads not guilty to embezzlement

0

Copyright © 2021 Roswell Daily Record

Timothy Davidson (Submitted Photo)

A former candidate for Roswell municipal judge accused of diverting tens of thousands of dollars from New Mexico Mounted Patrol Troop 13 into his own personal bank accounts has pleaded not guilty to an embezzlement charge.

Timothy Davidson, 52, of Roswell, according to court documents, waived a reading of formal charges and entered a plea of not guilty to one count of embezzlement over $20,000 Monday during his arraignment in New Mexico’s Fifth Judicial District Court in Chaves County.

Davidson, who in 2020 lost a three-way race for municipal judge, is suspected of using the internet to transfer $43,788.52 from Troop 13’s account into three of his personal accounts. Of that total amount, $24,750 was deposited from Davidson’s accounts back into Troop 13’s account.

According to court documents, the transfers are alleged to have occurred between October 2019 and September 2020 with sums taken at any one time ranging from $75 to $1,175.

A search warrant was executed on Davidson’s three accounts. Court documents state the history of withdrawals and deposits into and from Davidson’s accounts allegedly matched bank statements from the Troop 13 account.

Support Local Journalism
Subscribe to the Roswell Daily Record today.

“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.

From 2016 until the summer of 2020, Davidson was treasurer of Troop 13 of the Mounted Patrol, an all-volunteer group which assists local and state law enforcement.

According to court documents, the person who succeeded Davidson as treasurer noticed a shortage of funds in the Troop’s account. The account at the time had a remaining balance of $1,372.93.

The current treasurer later told a detective investigating the matter that the account is used once or twice a month and should have contained at least $8,880.

Davidson was confronted by top mounted patrol officers on Oct. 3 about the missing money.

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

Jason Holloway, chief of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol, said in October that Davidson was suspended following discovery of the shortage of funds and the Troop’s Board voted Oct. 19 to dismiss him from the organization.

Electronic court records state that at Monday’s arraignment District Judge Jared Kallunki set Davidson’s jury trial for June 22.

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