Ex-judge convicted of corruption faces new charges

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Associated Press

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 4:02 PM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A former West Texas county judge sentenced to prison earlier this month for public corruption has been rearrested by federal authorities on fraud charges.

The U.S. Marshals Service says 46-year-old Anthony Cobos now faces two counts of fraud out of New Mexico. Cobos was the El Paso County judge, the highest administrative official, from 2007 to 2010. He pleaded guilty in September to taking bribes in exchange for his influence in steering a $40 million county bond refinancing contract to an investment bank.

He was sentenced Jan. 3 to four years in prison and is scheduled to begin that sentence Feb. 11.

Cobos was arrested on the fraud charges Friday at his El Paso home. Authorities say he attempted to deceive two people in New Mexico out of real estate valued at greater than $20,000.

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