St. Paul police officer accused of funneling money to prisoner

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A St. Paul police officer is on leave, charged with using another person's identity to funnel money to a man imprisoned for pleading guilty to attempted murder, whom she reportedly had a romantic relationship with.

Ruby Diaz, 38, is charged with two counts of aggravated forgery and one count of identity theft for wiring $1,500 into the prison account of convicted felon Ramone Davay Smaller, 21, authorities say. According to the criminal complaint, Diaz used the name of a former college classmate to create a Western Union account, which she used to send money orders to Smaller – five separate transactions of $300 each, from February through April of this year.

Two of those transfers were traced to Humboldt High School in St. Paul, where Diaz works as a school resource officer, the complaint says.

Smaller is currently in the St. Cloud Minnesota correctional facility, having been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree attempted murder in December 2013, in connection with a July shooting. On Friday, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office announced 10 new charges against Smaller in connection with a string of shootings in October of 2013.

The complaint against Diaz says she and Smaller had "a relationship," which was uncovered during a follow-up investigation into those shootings.

According to the criminal complaint against Smaller:

Smaller participated in multiple drive-by shootings that month. A gun was recovered from a vehicle Smaller was driving, that matched the description of a car associated with one of the drive-by shootings. Ballistics tests with that weapon corresponded to casings recovered at two of the shootings, and DNA taken from the weapon's grip led to Smaller as well.

Prosecutors say Smaller is also affiliated with a St. Paul gang, known to be feuding with another area gang.

The charges against Smaller: four counts of second-degree assault, three counts of drive-by discharge of a firearm, two counts of committing a crime for the benefit of a gang, and one count of dangerous discharge of a firearm.

The complaint against Diaz states she and Smaller discussed money transfers on multiple phone calls, recorded by the Department of Corrections.

Police say Diaz was put on administrative leave, the Pioneer Press reports, pending the investigation's outcome. Her court date is set for June 27.

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