- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A former Texas judge has been ordered to pay restitution after being convicted of embezzling a New Mexico couple.

Prosecutors say a nine-year jail sentence for 48-year-old Antonio “Anthony” Cobos was suspended and he was given five years of probation. He also was ordered to pay the victims at least $28,675 in restitution.

The ex-El Paso County judge was found guilty of embezzlement earlier this month and already is serving a four-year sentence for an unrelated 2013 federal corruption conviction.

Dona Ana County Sheriff’s officials began investigating Cobos after a Chaparral couple was notified the mortgage holder was foreclosing on their property because payments hadn’t been made since November 2012.

The couple bought the land and mobile home in 2009 from Cobos, who authorities say wasn’t the property’s legal lienholder.

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