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Another arrest made in Mora schools forgery scandal

January 19, 2018

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico former special-education coordinator has been arrested in connection with an educational licensure forgery case linked to an embattled former northern New Mexico superintendent.

The Las Vegas Optic reports Vanessa Sidransky-Montano was charged last week with forgery and conspiracy to commit forgery regarding a falsified K-12 education license.

The charges stem from a multi-year New Mexico State Police investigation involving more than a half-dozen K-12 educators.

The 40-year-old’s case is connected to the fraud charges against her ex-boss, former Mora superintendent Charles Trujillo. He’s facing multiple felony counts of fraud and forgery.

It was not known if Sidransky-Montano had an attorney.

A 10-month Optic investigation discovered seven instances where the state education department’s Professional Licensure Bureau awarded licenses to individuals who didn’t qualify for them.

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Information from: Las Vegas Optic, http://www.lasvegasoptic.com

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