County manager pleads not guilty to fraud

Torrance County manager Joy Ansley
Torrance County manager Joy Ansley

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Torrance County Manager accused of fraudulently using taxpayer money to benefit her friend pleaded not guilty Friday.

Joy Ansley was arraigned on 10 counts of fraud, conspiracy and other charges.

She and her contractor friend and alleged lover Chris Valdez are accused of conspiring to steer county construction jobs Valdez’s way, then overcharging the county for those jobs.

After her arraignment the judge ordered Ansley to be booked in the Torrance County Jail then released. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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