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St. Paul Officer Accused of Forgery, Funding Inmate Pleads Not Guilty

Updated: 08/18/2014 12:01 PM
Created: 08/18/2014 11:48 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

A 38-year-old St. Paul police officer who is accused of using someone else's identity to funnel money to a man in prison pleaded not guilty to forgery-related charges Friday.
    
Ruby Diaz of Lauderdale has been placed on leave from her job working as a school resource officer at Humboldt High School in St. Paul. 

According to the criminal complaint, police were investigating a shooting and discovered Diaz had a relationship with Ramone Smaller, a man imprisoned after pleading guilty to third-degree attempted murder.

Authorities say Diaz sent him money under a different name.

Smaller was charged with 10 counts in what authorities called gang-related shootings in St. Paul last fall following the investigation.

Diaz was charged with two counts of aggravated forgery and one count of identity theft in June in Hennepin County.   

She is expected in court for a pre-trial hearing on Sept. 10.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ruby Diaz
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