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Former SOS no fan of King, blasts him in letter

Former SOS no fan of King, blasts him in letter

Rebecca Vigil, a former Secretary of State, is no fan of Gary King. It stems from King’s office of the Attorney General prosecuting Vigil on fraud charges. The charges come from when Vigil — then Vigil-Giron — was Secretary of State and allegedly misused federal campaign funds that were supposed to go towards voter education projects. The case was dismissed in 2012. Steve Terrell of the Santa Fe New Mexican had a letter from Vigil blasting King. “The … Read entire article »

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State and organization clash over significance of renewed inquiry

State and organization clash over significance of renewed inquiry

By Trip Jennings What standard should state investigators use to scrutinize payments the government made to a local health organization for helping children– usually those with behavioral and emotional problems – adjust to certain types of public settings, usually school classrooms? At issue is whether Easter Seals El Mirador – recently cleared of fraud by state Attorney General Gary King’s office – can bill the government for providing those services or not. That question appears to lie at the … Read entire article »

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As independent voter totals grow in New Mexico, they seek greater political clout

As independent voter totals grow in New Mexico, they seek greater political clout

vote Those who don’t register to vote as a member of either major political party are looking at ways to increase their political clout in New MExico. The latest comes from a lawsuit that says that the higher bar in signatures for candidates not registered to vote as a member of any political party is an unfair burden to independent candidates who wish to run for office in New Mexico. The federal lawsuit comes from a member … Read entire article »

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Civil lawsuit filed in email hijacking case (updated)

Civil lawsuit filed in email hijacking case (updated)

A civil lawsuit has been filed in the case of emails that were hijacked from Susana Martinez’s campaign. The suit targets former members of Martinez’s campaign as well as political opponents. The lawsuit comes after Jamie Estrada, the former Martinez campaign manager and the man at the center of the scandal, pleaded guilty to charges related to the hijacking. The Associated Press first reported the lawsuit. In addition to Estrada, four other people are named in the lawsuit. … Read entire article »

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ACLU wants records of APD’s undercover surveillance of protest

ACLU wants records of APD’s undercover surveillance of protest

A controversial move by the Albuquerque Police Department to have undercover police officers tape protesters this weekend continues to make headlines. The protest was over police shootings by APD over the past few years. The city has seen a number of protests in recent weeks, particularly since the APD shooting of James Boyd, a homeless man who was illegally camping in the foothills. Video of Boyd being shot by APD made national news. Now the American Civil … Read entire article »

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List of New Mexico businesses supporting same-sex marriage grows

List of New Mexico businesses supporting same-sex marriage grows

The list of businesses in central New Mexico that support same-sex marriage includes over 120 businesses. Why Marriage Matters New Mexico released the list of 126 businesses who have expressed support for same-sex marriage. Previously, the group released a list of 51 businesses from southwest New Mexico that support same-sex marriage. “Through marriage and its benefits and protections, same-gender couples have a new sense of security for their families and are able to plan for their futures,” … Read entire article »

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Estrada changes plea to guilty, signs plea deal

Estrada changes plea to guilty, signs plea deal

Former Susana Martinez campaign manager Jamie Estrada pleaded guilty to charges related to email hijacking of Martinez’s campaign. This was a change from his initial plea where he pleaded not guilty. News of the plea deal change hearing came down on Friday. The U.S. Attorney’s office in New Mexico announced the plea deal. “Each and every one of us has a right and an expectation of privacy in our electronic communications, including our emails, and those who … Read entire article »

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Congressional candidate who slashed tires heads to prison

Congressional candidate who slashed tires heads to prison

A former congressional candidate convicted of slashing dozens of car tires, including those of political opponents, is headed to prison. The Santa Fe Reporter reported that Gary Smith was sentenced to 30 months in prison for aggravated stalking and misdemeanor stalking. He also faces extradition to Texas for charges of puncturing tires when he lived there between 2008 and 2012. The Santa Fe Reporter reported in December of 2012 on video that showed Smith slashing the tires … Read entire article »

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AG probe raises questions about health audit’s integrity

AG probe raises questions about health audit’s integrity

d By Trip Jennings Last year, the state’s Human Services Department said an audit had helped find “credible allegations of fraud” against 15 New Mexico health organizations offering services such as drug addiction treatment and suicide counseling. Though HSD kept the audit secret — from the public and the organizations themselves — the department asserted the audit’s findings justified suspending Medicaid funding for the organizations. New information trickling out of the Office of the Attorney General, however, continues … Read entire article »

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AG finds overbilling but no fraud for behavioral health provider

AG finds overbilling but no fraud for behavioral health provider

A behavioral health provider that had Medicaid payments suspended because of “credible allegations” of fraud overcharged but there is no evidence of fraud according to Attorney General Gary King. King made the announcement Tuesday regarding Easter Seals-El Mirador on Tuesday morning. “Although our investigation found no actionable evidence of fraud, we did discover that Easter Seals El Mirador overbilled Medicaid in the amount of $34,126.19,” King said in a statement. The Attorney General’s office has said they are … Read entire article »

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