Torrance Co. manager arrested on fraud charges

Posted at: 04/16/2014 8:21 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

The Torrance County manager was arrested Tuesday on fraud charges.

Joy Ansley was released shortly after turning herself in.

KOB 4 On Your Side was the first to expose accusations that Ansley awarded lucrative building contracts to vendor Chris Valdez, a man investigators believe was having a romantic relationship with Ansley at the time.

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office claims Ansley also allowed Valdez to overcharge the county by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

They both have pleaded not guilty.

Ansley remains on the job despite the charges.