A Rio Rancho man arrested in 2009 and jailed for four days in a case of mistaken identity has been paid $70,000 by Santa Fe County after his lawsuit was settled in February.
A Rio Rancho police officer who pulled over Anthony Ortiz, 39, for a speeding violation in Rio Rancho in June 2009 arrested him on a domestic violence warrant issued by Santa Fe County Magistrate Court. The problem: Ortiz had been mistaken for another Anthony Ortiz, who was legitimately wanted on the charge, stemming from a 1996 incident.
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