NM secretary of state charged with fraud, embezzlement, money laundering

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New Mexico’s attorney general formally accused Secretary of State Dianna Duran on Friday of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering in a 64-count criminal complaint.

Dianna Duran

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Dianna Duran

Attorney General Hector Balderas also alleges violations of campaign laws, tampering with public records, conspiracy and violations of the Governmental Conduct Act in the complaint, which was filed Friday in district court in Santa Fe.

Duran often moved money between personal and campaign accounts while under investigation, the criminal complaint alleges. It states that the transfer of funds “often culminates in large debits for cash expenditures occurring at casinos throughout the State of New Mexico.”

The AG’s office released little additional information, saying that would come out in a pending preliminary hearing. “That is all the information that we are able to provide at this time,” AG spokesman James Hallinan told NMPolitics.net.

The AG’s office did not release the criminal complaint, but a couple of its pages were posted on Twitter here and here.

Duran’s attorney, Erlinda Ocampo Johnson, could not immediately be reached for comment by NMPolitics.net. “We have just been served with the complaint and information filed by the State Attorney General’s Office,” she was quoted by the Albuquerque Journal as saying. “We are in the process of reviewing them. We ask the public not to jump to conclusions and we look forward to addressing the allegations in court.”

A spokesman in the Secretary of State’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Duran, a Republican and former state senator, is in her second term as secretary of state and is not eligible to seek re-election next year. She’s the first Republican to hold the office since 1928.

This BBSNews article was syndicated from NMPolitics.net, and written by Heath Haussamen. Read the original article here.