Ex-superintendent who forged credentials to stay out of prison

New Mexico
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The former New Mexico superintendent who forged his credentials to get the job in two districts have reached a deal with prosecutors that will keep him out of prison.

Charles Trujillo pleaded guilty to fraud in exchange for probation and a conditional discharge which means charges will be removed from his record once he serves his sentence. 

Trujillo worked for Pecos and Mora school districts for years before the Public Education Department determined the credentials he used were fake.

Attorney Richards Flores sent KRQE a statement saying, ” several factors were considered in the decision, including the victims in this case…”

He says no one wanted Trujillo to be sent to prison.

Part of the plea requires Trujillo to pay them restitution. It also requires he forfeit the pension he earned with each district.

The DA says District Court Judge Emilio Chavez has already reviewed the deal and feels its in the best interest of justice. 

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