- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former northern New Mexico school official who once oversaw teacher licensing for the state is accused of faking his credentials in order to apply for school district jobs.

Former Mora Independent School District Superintendent Charles Trujillo, 43, was arrested Thursday evening in Albuquerque on suspicion of forgery and fraud, the New Mexico State Police said.

Agents determined that Trujillo included fraudulent and falsified information in applications that he submitted for top positions with the Mora district and another district before that, the State Police said.

It could not be immediately determined Friday whether Trujillo has an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

Trujillo formerly headed the state Public Education Department’s Licensure Bureau. He surrendered his educator and administrative state licenses and resigned his Mora superintendent position in late 2015.

District Attorney Richard Flores said Trujillo is accused of submitting an altered university transcript, inflating his work experience and forging two letters of support.

Authorities began investigating after the Las Vegas Optic newspaper published a report questioning Trujillo’s credentials.

After the allegations surfaced, the Mora school board voted 4-0 in October to continue to pay Trujillo while the state investigated the claims. Soon after, Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera ordered the school board to cease payments to him. Trujillo later resigned.

From March 2013 to April 2014, Trujillo served as chief of the Public Education Department’s Licensure Bureau, which is responsible for vetting the qualifications and issuing licenses to teachers, administrators and other instructional personnel in New Mexico.

As the Mora district’s top school official, Trujillo had a $100,000 annual salary. Previously, as associate superintendent in the Pecos Independent School District, he earned a salary of $87,500.

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