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Police Officer Accused of Forgery, Funding Inmate

Updated: 06/06/2014 10:14 PM
Created: 06/06/2014 1:35 PM KSTP.com

A St. Paul police officer faces three forgery-related charges for allegedly using someone else's identity to funnel money to a man in prison.
    
Thirty-eight-year-old Ruby Diaz is charged in Hennepin County. She's a school resource officer at Humboldt High School and was placed on leave.
    
The complaint says that while police were investigating a shooting, they discovered Diaz had a relationship with Ramone Smaller, who was imprisoned after pleading guilty to third-degree attempted murder. Authorities say she sent him money under a different name.
    
Diaz's phone number isn't listed. It unknown if she has an attorney.
    
Smaller was charged Friday with 10 counts in what authorities called gang-related shootings in St. Paul last fall.
    
Smaller's attorney on the attempted murder case says he's surprised by the new charges.

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Ruby Diaz
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Ramone Smaller
Photo courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff

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