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Attorney General Hector Balderas, State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg & State Auditor Tim Keller Inauguration Statements ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/PHOTO_RELEASE_NM_Attorney_General_Balderas__Treasurer_Eichenberg___Auditor_Tim_Keller_Inauguration_Statements_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg and State Auditor Tim Keller took their oaths of office surrounded by family, friends and supporters at the Saint Francis Auditorium.</pre></div>
Sat, 03 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Extradition of Man Wanted in 2006 Chaparral Murder ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_Extradition_of_Man_Wanted_in_2006_Chaparral_Murder_PR.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – Today, the U.S. Marshals Service booked wanted alleged murderer Eduardo Estrada-Garcia in a Dona Ana County jail after extraditing him from Mexico. </pre></div>
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Sexual Predator Who Trafficked Underage Girl and Arranged Sexual Transactions between the Minor and Dozens of MenSentenced to 49 Years in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Sharoski_Jackson_PR.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today in Albuquerque District Court, Sharoski Jackson was
sentenced to nine years in prison for five felony counts and also received 40 years due to
a habitual offender enhancement.</pre></div>

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Releases 2013 Behavioral Health Audit ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/New_Mexico_Attorney_General_Hector_Balderas_Releases_2013Behavioral_Health_Audit.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the 2013 Behavioral Health Audit with limited redactions. </pre></div>
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Support for Internet Crimes Against Children Fund Legislation; Asks Legislators for their Support ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Support_for_Internet_Crimes_Against_Children_Fund_Legislation.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>SB 380, sponsored by Senator Jacob Candelaria, will help the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force protect New Mexico kids.</pre></div>
Tue, 03 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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New Mexico Supreme Court Accepts Attorney General’s Office Arguments to Uphold Convictions of Las Cruces Triple Murderer ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/New_Mexico_Supreme_Court_Accepts_Attorney_General%E2%80%99s_Office_Arguments_to_Uphold_Convictions_of_Las_Cruces_Triple_Murderer.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Yesterday, the New Mexico Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of State of New Mexico v. Eugene Ferri, an appeal from the District Court of Dona Ana County. In 2013, Eugene Ferri was convicted of three counts of first degree murder, along with other felonies, for a grisly triple homicide in Las Cruces, New Mexico.</pre></div>
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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NM Attorney General Balderas on Water Lawsuit with Federal Government & Texas: This Case is about the Attempt to Federalize our State Water Rights ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/NM_Attorney_General_Balderas_on_Water_Lawsuit_with_Federal_Government___Texas_This_Case_is_about_the_Attempt_to_Federalize_our_State_Water_Rights.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas appeared before the Senate Finance Committee to give an update on Texas v New Mexico and Colorado – a critical case to protect New Mexico water rights from the federal government and Texas.</pre></div>
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Closing New Mexico’s Child Pornography Loophole: Representatives Sarah Maestas Barnes & Javier Martinez File Attorney General-backed Legislation ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Closing_New_Mexico%E2%80%99s_Child_Pornography_Loophole.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Representative Sarah Maestas Barnes (R – Bernalillo) and Representative Javier Martinez (D – Bernalillo) today filed legislation supported by Attorney General Balderas to close New Mexico’s child pornography loophole.</pre></div>
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas & Secretary of State Dianna Duran Announce Formation of Campaign Finance Reporting Task Force ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas___Secretary_of_State_Dianna_Duran_Announce_Formation_of_Campaign_Finance_Reporting_Task_Force.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Secretary of State Dianna Duran announced the formation of a joint task force to look at issues regarding New Mexico’s campaign finance reporting, enforcement, referral process and best practices.</pre></div>
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Alerts Taxpayers about IRS Phone Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/New_Mexico_Attorney_General_Hector_Balderas_Alerts_Taxpayers_about_IRS_Phone_Scams.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – IRS imposters are calling using fake names, titles and badge numbers in New Mexico. </pre></div>
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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NM HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES: Closing New Mexico’s Child Pornography Loophole ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/NM_HOUSE_UNANIMOUSLY_PASSES_Closing_New_Mexico%E2%80%99s_Child_Pornography_Loophole.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Last night, the New Mexico House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 440 on a vote of 64-0.</pre></div>
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Applauds Supreme Court Ruling to Protect New Mexico Children from Abuse ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Applauds_Supreme_Court_Ruling_to_Protect_New_Mexico_Children_from_Abuse.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – The New Mexico Supreme Court issued an opinion today in State v. Strauch, No. 34,435. The State of New Mexico prevailed on the arguments presented by the Attorney General’s Office and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.</pre></div>
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Internet Crimes Against Children Fund Legislation Passes Senate Public Affairs Committee ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Internet_Crimes_Against_Children_Fund_Legislation_Passes_Senate_Public_Affairs_Committee.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>SB 380, sponsored by Senator Jacob Candelaria and supported by Attorney General Balderas, will help the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force protect New Mexico kids.</pre></div>
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Direct Payment & Relief for 230 New Mexico Homeowners Who Suffered Mortgage Servicing Abuses by SunTrust Mortgage ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_Direct_Payment___Relief_for_230_New_Mexico_Homeowners_Who_Suffered_Mortgage_Servicing_Abuses_by_SunTrust_Mortgage.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Current SunTrust customers who think they were affected by SunTrust’s practices should call the Attorney’s General’s Office</pre></div>
Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas & Mothers Against Drunk Driving Urge New Mexicans to Plan Ahead for St. Patrick’s Day; Utilize Safe Ride Services ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Plan_Ahead_for_St._Patrick%E2%80%99s_Day.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADDNM) are teaming up to urge New Mexicans to plan ahead for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and not drive after drinking.</pre></div>
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces New Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Members ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_New_Internet_Crimes_Against_Children_Task_Force_Members.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced three new Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Members – Clayton Police Department, Cibola County Sheriff’s Office and Union County Sheriff’s Office.</pre></div>
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas to Ask for Arrest of Fraudulent Auto Shop Owner & Release of Consumers’ Vehicles; Issues Risk Advisory to Consumers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_to_Ask_for_Arrest_of_Fraudulent_Auto_Shop_Owner___Release_of_Consumers%E2%80%99_Vehicles_Issues_Risk_Advisory_to_Consumers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released an update in the Office of the Attorney General’s lawsuit against A Reliable Engine Rebuilder.</pre></div>
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Completes 100 Days in Office; Reports Progress Toward Meeting Long-Term Goals ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Completes_100_Days_in_Office_Reports_Progress_Toward_Meeting_Long_Term_Goals.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>First 100 days spent streamlining operations and conducting internal review to increase transparency, strengthen prosecutions and improve public safety.</pre></div>
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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AG to PRC: Need Investigation into New Mexico’s Energy System; All New Mexicans Deserve Energy Security & Affordable Clean Energy ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Need_Investigation_into_New_Mexico%E2%80%99s_Energy_System_PR_2.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Attorney General supports motion to dismiss PNM’s attempt to charge solar energy producers fee to connect to the grid.</pre></div>
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Office of the Attorney General Statement on Special Prosecutor in the Boyd Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Statement_on_Special_Prosecutor_in_the_Boyd_Case_PR__1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – The following statement is attributable to James Hallinan, Communications Director for the Office of the Attorney General.</pre></div>
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Free Trainings to Students Across New Mexico for New Community Outreach Effort in Recognition of Financial Literacy Month ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Community_Outreach_Effort_in_Recognition_of_Financial_Literacy_Month.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the launch of a new financial literacy program, Your Financial Well-Being. The program, created with New Mexico high school and college students in mind, will help students build a strong foundation and understanding of how to be fiscally savvy.</pre></div>
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Office of the Attorney General Convicts Human Trafficker; Defendant Faces Up to 97 Years in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Office_of_the_Attorney_General_Convicts_Wallace_Carson.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, N.M. – Today a jury in Bernalillo County returned verdicts of guilty for crimes committed by Wallace Carson. </pre></div>
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement on Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Confirmation_of_Loretta_Lynch.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement today in response to the Senate’s confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States.</pre></div>
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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AG to PRC on Uber/Lyft: Strengthen Public Safety Standards with Drug Testing Enforcement & Allow More Public Input so Business Regulations are Fair and Reasonable in New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_to_PRC_on_Uber_Lyft_PR.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This morning, the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas delivered a letter to the Public Regulation Commission regarding its upcoming action on Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft.</pre></div>
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Office of the Attorney General Convicts Child Porn Collector; Thomas Dolphus Faces up to 19 ½ Years of Incarceration ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Thomas_Dolphus.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Yesterday afternoon in Bernalillo County District Court, after a two day trial, the Honorable Judith Nakamura found Thomas Dolphus guilty of one (1) count of possessing visual medium of sexual exploitation of children under 18 years of age, and two (2) counts of manufacturing visual medium of sexual exploitation of children under 18 years of age.</pre></div>
Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Landmark Agreement Among the Dairy Industry, Regulatory Agencies and Environmental Groups ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Agreement_Among_the_Dairy_Industry__Regulatory_Agencies_and_Environmental_Groups.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe,, NM – This afternoon, the Office of the Attorney General along with a coalition of environmental organizations (Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, Amigos Bravos, Caballo Concerned Citizens, Lea County Concerned Citizens, Mesquite Community Action Committee, Rio Valle Concerned Citizens), the Dairy Industry Group for a Clean Environment, and the New Mexico Environment Department have reached an agreement on proposed changes to the Dairy Rule, a rule passed by the state Water Quality Control Commission that governs protection of ground water from dairy operations.</pre></div>
Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces First Meeting as Chair of New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board; Sets Priorities ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Chair_of_New_Mexico_Law_Enforcement_Academy_Board.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Española, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas commented on chairing the upcoming meeting of the Law Enforcement Academy board.</pre></div>
Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces $335K Mobile Cramming Settlements with Sprint & Verizon for New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Mobile_Cramming_Settlements_with_Sprint___Verizon_for_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division – along with the Attorneys General of the other 49 States and the District of Columbia, the national Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Federal Communications Commission – reached settlements with Sprint Corporation (“Sprint”) and Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless (“Verizon”).</pre></div>
Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Hector Balderas Statement on Kari Brandenburg Investigation ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Hector_Balderas_Statement_on_Kari_Brandenburg_Investigation.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement today regarding the Kari Brandenburg investigation.</pre></div>
Thu, 14 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Convicted Child Porn Collector in Portales Only Facing 18 Months Due to Child Pornography Loophole ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Child_Pornography_Loophole.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Portales, NM – Another man charged with possession of child pornography was convicted today by a Portales, New Mexico jury. As with other convicted New Mexico child pornographers, Robert Hawkins faced only a fraction of the charges prosecutors believed they should be able to sustain and faces only a fraction of the criminal sentence prosecutors believe is appropriate, given the magnitude of the crimes documented by investigators.</pre></div>
Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Announces Free Trainings throughout New Mexico on Open Meetings Act and Inspection of Public Records Act Requirements ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Free_Trainings_Open_Meetings_Act_and_Inspection_of_Public_Records_Act_Requirements.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General are traveling throughout New Mexico for the remainder of the year, offering free training sessions on Sunshine Laws designed to help government agencies and municipalities better understand the requirements of the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) and its Open Meetings Act (OMA).</pre></div>
Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Joins Federal, State Crackdown on Four Sham Cancer Charities That Allegedly Bilked Over $187 Million from Consumers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Crackdown_on_Four_Sham_Cancer_Charities.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas joined with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, all 50 States and the District of Columbia in a complaint charging four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers.</pre></div>
Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Memorial Day Message ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Memorial_Day_Message.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in observance of Memorial Day.</pre></div>
Sat, 23 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces $103K Settlement & Major Reforms with Credit Reporting Agencies ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Settlement___Major_Reforms_with_Credit_Reporting_Agencies.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas and 30 other state attorneys general today announced a major settlement with the three national credit reporting agencies — Equifax Information Services LLC, Experian Information Solutions Inc., and TransUnion LLC. Under the settlement, the credit reporting agencies have agreed to pay New Mexico $103,000 and to make a number of changes to their business practices to benefit consumers.</pre></div>
Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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District Attorney Mark D’Antonio & Office of the Attorney Generalto Seek Indictment of Former LCPD Officers for Holding Cell Incident ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Seek_Indictment_of_Former_LCPD_Officers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces—Today, the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General announced the completion of their review of the investigation conducted by the New Mexico State Police in reference to an incident which occurred on December 23rd, 2014, involving former Las Cruces Police Officers Richard Garcia and Danny Salcido.</pre></div>
Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Statement on Rio Rancho Police Officer Benner ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Rio_Rancho_Police_Officer_Benner.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement this afternoon.</pre></div>
Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Complaints Allege Medicaid Fraud at Carlsbad-area Mental Health Center ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Carlsbad_area_Mental_Health_Center.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Carlsbad, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas’ office today charged four top personnel at Carlsbad Mental Health Center with Medicaid fraud and also brought charges against the center as a corporation.</pre></div>
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Office of the Attorney General Advocates for NM Ratepayers in Rate Cases; Explains Criteria for Evaluating Cases ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Advocates_for_NM_Ratepayers_in_Rate_Cases.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – An attorney from the Office of the Attorney General will be appearing at the community forum in Las Cruces this afternoon to explain its role in advocating for ratepayers in utility rate cases.</pre></div>
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas to Participate in Albuquerque Pride Candlelight Vigil ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Albuquerque_Pride_Candlelight_Vigil.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas will participate in Albuquerque Pride’s Candlelight Vigil to commemorate Pride Month and to honor the people who began the Pride movement in New Mexico and across the country for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning (LGBTIQ) community.</pre></div>
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Issues RFP for Forensic Audit Firms to Assist with Completion of Behavioral Health Providers Investigation ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Issues_RFP_for_Forensic_Audit_Firms_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Española, NM – In an effort to expeditiously complete the investigation of the behavioral health providers referred to the Office of the Attorney General by the state Human Services Department in 2013, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a request for proposals (RFP) on June 3, 2015 for forensic audit firms to be able to assist with completing the investigation in a timely manner.</pre></div>
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General’s Anti-Money Laundering Unit Announces Successful Prosecution & $100,000 Restitution for Victims ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Anti_Money_Laundering_Unit_Announces_Successful_Prosecution_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – The Anti-Money Laundering Unit of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has successfully prosecuted a New Mexico man, resulting in $100,000 in restitution to victims.</pre></div>
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas & District Attorney D’Antonio Announce Grand Jury Indictments against Former Las Cruces Police Officers in Alleged Jail Beating ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Grand_Jury_Indictments_against_Former_Las_Cruces_Police_Officers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – This afternoon, New Mexico Attorney General Balderas and Third Judicial District Attorney D’Antonio announced a Doña Ana County Grand Jury returned indictments of Aggravated Battery for Richard Garcia and Danny Salcido.</pre></div>
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Office of the Attorney General to Hold Open Meetings Act (OMA) and Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) Training in Truth or Consequences ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Training_in_Truth_or_Consequences.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Truth or Consequences, NM – Attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General are traveling throughout New Mexico for the remainder of the year, offering free training sessions on Sunshine Laws designed to help government agencies and municipalities better understand the requirements of the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) and its Open Meetings Act (OMA).</pre></div>
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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New Mexico Efforts to Lock Up High Risk Child Predators Announced ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/New_Mexico_Efforts_to_Lock_Up_High_Risk_Child_Predators.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force of the New Mexico Attorney General’s office served 41 search warrants, arrested 24 alleged predators and rescued two children from internet pornographers during a two-month-long national push to lock up child predators that involved more than 3,000 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.</pre></div>
Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Makes Final Recommendations to Secretary of State Regarding Campaign Finance Reporting ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Final_Recommendations_to_Secretary_of_State.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran making recommendations for increasing transparency and accountability in the campaign finance reporting process.</pre></div>
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Mrs. Julie Benner to Work with Attorney General on Violent Crimes Case Review Team; Attorney General Announces Expanded Violent Crimes Case Review Team ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Expanded_Violent_Crimes_Case_Review_Team.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Rio Rancho, NM – Mrs. Julie Benner, widow of Rio Rancho Police Department Officer Gregg ‘Nigel’ Benner, has joined New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas in the Violent Crimes Case Review Team–a comprehensive, solution-based evaluation of breakdowns in New Mexico’s criminal justice system and a strategic opportunity for systemic reforms.</pre></div>
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Office of the Attorney General to Hold Open Meetings Act (OMA) and Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) Training in Los Alamos ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Training_in_Los_Alamos.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Los Alamos, NM – Attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General are traveling throughout New Mexico for the remainder of the year, offering free training sessions on Sunshine Laws designed to help government agencies and municipalities better understand the requirements of the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) and its Open Meetings Act (OMA). The training sessions will be held monthly through the end of the year.</pre></div>
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Calls New Mexico’s Energy System Dysfunctional; Demands Energy Security for all New Mexicans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Energy_System_Dysfunctional.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today called the current New Mexico energy system dysfunctional, demanding creation of a system that actually delivers affordable clean energy, and energy security to every New Mexico family. Energy security means access, affordability and reliability for all New Mexicans.</pre></div>
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement on Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Supreme_Court_Marriage_Equality_Decision.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality:

“The Supreme Court’s decision is an important step toward greater fairness, dignity and equality under the law.”</pre></div>

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Mothers Against Drunk Driving & Attorney General Balderas Urge New Mexicans to Plan Ahead for 4th of July; Use Safe Ride Services ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/MADD_PRESS_RELEASE_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADDNM) are teaming up to urge New Mexicans to plan ahead for 4th of July celebrations and not drive after drinking.</pre></div>
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas 4th of July Message ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/4th_of_July_Message.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Balderas released the following message for the 4th of July:

“As families across New Mexico come together to celebrate our nation’s freedom, we also honor our veterans and military personnel. It is my hope that all New Mexico families stay safe this holiday weekend, and we thank all of our police, firefighters and first responders who are working this holiday weekend to keep us safe.”</pre></div>

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Urges Congress to Preserve Authority to Enforce State Data Breach and Data Security ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Urges_Congress_to_Preserve_Authority_to_Enforce_State_Data_Breach_and_Data_Security.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – Joining a bipartisan effort to ensure that New Mexico keeps its authority to enforce and enact data breach and data security laws, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas today signed onto a letter to the U.S. Congress that emphasized maintaining states’ rights and rejecting any efforts to allow federal preemption of state legislation.</pre></div>
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Creates Fraud Recovery Strike Force ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Creates_Fraud_Recovery_Strike_Force.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the creation of the Fraud Recovery Strike Force – a unit in his office charged with aggressively investigating and pursuing litigation to protect New Mexico consumers, New Mexico taxpayers, and to recover public funds.</pre></div>
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Secures Hnulik Murder Conviction ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Secures_Hnulik_Murder_Conviction.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Carlsbad, NM – The Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas has secured a second degree murder conviction in the shooting death of Brandy Capps. Today, a Carlsbad jury found Dallas Hnulik guilty of murdering Ms. Capps, age 32, who was found dead in her vehicle five years ago.</pre></div>
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Statement on PRC Refusal to Study Costs and Benefits of Wind and Solar Energy in New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Statement_on_PRC_Refusal_to_Study.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the Public Regulation Commission’s refusal to study the costs and benefits of solar and wind energy in New Mexico.</pre></div>
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Convenes First Multidisciplinary Violent Crime Review Team Meeting ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Convenes_First_Multidisciplinary_Violent_Crime_Review_Team_Meeting.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas convened the first meeting of the Multidisciplinary Violent Crime Review Team at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.</pre></div>
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Safety Assessment of APS Breach <br /> ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Announces_Safety_Assessment_of_APS_Breach.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following
statement regarding his formal review of the Albuquerque Public Schools safety breach: “I am very concerned about the allegations that safety protocols were breached at APS, I’ve decided to initiate a safety assessment of the matter, and I will be communicating with the district today.”</pre></div>

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Searching for Relatives of Former Attorneys General ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Searching_for_Relatives_of_Former_Attorneys_General.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>The Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas is actively searching for relatives of past Attorneys General to be included in the unveiling of a photo gallery honoring AGs serving from 1846 to present.</pre></div>
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Convicted Child Porn Manufacturer Sentenced to 13.5 Years in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Convicted_Child_Porn_Manufacturer_Sentenced_to_13.5_Years_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Thomas Dolphus was sentenced by Judge Nakamura in the Second Judicial District Court to 13.5 years of incarceration followed by a period of 5-20 years indeterminate probation and parole. Dolphus was convicted of two counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Manufacture) and one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession) after a bench trial in May 2015. </pre></div>
Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Secures Conviction in Electronic Solicitation Case; Defendant Sought Sex with 13 Year-Old ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Secures_Conviction_in_Electronic_Solicitation_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, an Albuquerque jury found Adam Kerns guilty of Child Solicitation by an Electronic Communication Device (child 13-16)(appears for meet), a third degree felony offense. </pre></div>
Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General to Offer Suicide Prevention Trainings across New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_to_Offer_Suicide_Prevention_Trainings_across_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, Attorney General Hector Balderas added suicide prevention to the list of topics covered in educational trainings offered across the state by the Office of the Attorney General. </pre></div>
Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas’ Criminal Affairs Update to Courts, Corrections & Justice Interim Committee ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas%E2%80%99_Criminal_Affairs_Update_to_Courts__Corrections___Justice_Interim_Committee.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas gave the New Mexico Legislature’s Courts, Corrections and & Justice Interim Committee an update on the state of Criminal Affairs. Below are Attorney General Balderas’ remarks as prepared for delivery.</pre></div>
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas & 27 Attorneys General Initiate Multistate Investigation into Volkswagen ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas___27_Attorneys_General_Initiate_Multistate_Investigation_into_Volkswagen.docx
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and 27 other attorneys general initiated a multistate investigation into allegations that Volkswagen altered emissions software on their diesel vehicles to produce favorable test results.</pre></div>
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Alleged Human Trafficker arrested by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General; Attorney General Seeks Information from the Public ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Alleged_Human_Trafficker_arrested_by_the_New_Mexico_Office_of_the_Attorney_General.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Clovis, NM – On September 23, 2015, the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in conjunction with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, the Clovis Police department and Homeland Security Investigations, worked hand in hand to investigate and arrest Jeremy Bowerman, 36, for attempted Human Trafficking and other felony charges.</pre></div>
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Urges Passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 to Address Epidemic of Heroin and Opioid Addiction and Abuse ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Urges_Passage_of_the_Comprehensive_Addiction_and_Recovery_Act_of_2015.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Balderas and attorneys general from 36 states plus the District of Columbia sent a letter to the leadership of the Committee on the Judiciary for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (S. 524/HR 953). </pre></div>
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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$1.5 Million Grant Awarded to Combat Human Trafficking in New Mexico; DOJ Grant Will Expand Ongoing Efforts by the Attorney General ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/1.5_Million_Grant_Awarded_to_Combat_Human_Trafficking_in_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – As part of his commitment to combat human trafficking, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today the award of $1.5 million in federal grant funding to combat human trafficking in New Mexico. </pre></div>
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Statement on Court of Appeals Michael Astorga Ruling ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Statement_on_Court_of_Appeals_Michael_Astorga_Ruling.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Tonight, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding the Court of Appeals ruling to uphold Michael Astorga’s second degree murder conviction:

“I am pleased with the Court of Appeals’ ruling to uphold Michael Astorga’s second degree murder conviction for the killing of Candido Martinez and I commend the work of the Criminal Appeals Division of the Office of the Attorney General in fighting for justice for all the families of Michael Astorga’s victims.”</pre></div>

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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AG’s Fraud Recovery Strike Force Recovers $124,455 from Shipping Giant UPS for Overcharging Government Entities ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Fraud_Recovery_Strike_Force_Recovers_%24124_455_from_Shipping_Giant_UPS.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Rosa, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the Office of the Attorney General’s Fraud Recovery Strike Force reached a $124,455 settlement with United Parcel Service (UPS), the world’s largest package delivery company, stemming from allegations that its employees violated the false claims acts of New Mexico, 13 states, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C. </pre></div>
Wed, 21 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement Regarding Dianna Duran ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Statement_Regarding_Dianna_Duran_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding Dianna Duran.</pre></div>
Fri, 23 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Pediatrician Convicted of Possessing Child Pornography Videos Receives 14 Months Incarceration ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Pediatrician_Convicted_of_Possessing_Child_Pornography_Videos.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, a Bernalillo County jury found Juan Santos Torres guilty of one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Possession despite the defendant possessing numerous videos of children being sexually abused. Santos Torres was previously a licensed pediatrician in Pennsylvania and in Texas, and was working on his application for a medical license in New Mexico.</pre></div>
Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: Phone Scammers Using Office of the Attorney General to Rip-Off New Mexicans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_Phone_Scammers_Using_Office_of_the_Attorney_General_to_Rip_Off_New_Mexicans.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert regarding scammers using the Office of the Attorney General’s name to trick consumers. The scammers may know the last four digits of your Social Security Number, may have caller ID information that appears to be a government agency calling, they may send bogus e-mails to you, and they may call back numerous times.</pre></div>
Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas & 12 New Mexico Tribal Governments Meet on Improving Public Safety & Strengthening Law Enforcement Partnerships ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas___12_New_Mexico_Tribal_Governments_Meet.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas met with tribal leaders from across New Mexico including Acoma, Fort Sill Apache, Jemez, Jicarilla Apache, Laguna, Ohkay Owingeh, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Taos, Tesuque and Zia. </pre></div>
Tue, 27 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Hector Balderas Alerts Taxpayers about IRS Phone Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Hector_Balderas_Alerts_Taxpayers_about_IRS_Phone_Scams.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Due to an influx of scam calls into southern New Mexico, the Santa Fe area, Clovis area and Lordsburg area this morning, Attorney General Balderas has issued a scam alert: IRS imposters are calling using fake names, titles and badge numbers in New Mexico. They may know the last four digits of your Social Security Number, may have caller ID information that appears to be the IRS calling, they may send bogus e-mails to you, and they may call back numerous times claiming to be from the police or from the department of motor vehicles with caller ID again appearing to be from these agencies.</pre></div>
Tue, 27 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Announces Bedding, Household Items & Cleaning Supplies Drive for Homeless & Transitioning Veterans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Bedding_Household_Items___Cleaning_Supplies_Drive_for_Homeless___Transitioning_Veterans.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General is conducting a bedding, household items and cleaning supplies drive for New Mexico’s homeless and transitioning veterans. The Office of the Attorney General is partnering with the New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers for the drive. Donations of bedding, household items and cleaning supplies will be accepted through the end of November. Donations can be dropped off at any Office of the Attorney General or Veterans Integration Centers location in Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe.</pre></div>
Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Verdict in 2004 Murder of 20 Month-Old Baby Girl ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Verdict_in_2004_Murder_of_20_Month_Old_Baby_Girl.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Carlsbad, NM – Tonight, a Carlsbad jury found Curtis Jones has committed the delinquent act of first degree child abuse resulting in death for the 2004 murder of a 20 month-old baby girl. The Office of the Attorney General tried the decade-old case and Jones now faces a possible 18 years of incarceration subsequent to an amenability hearing because Jones was 17 years-old when he committed the offense.</pre></div>
Fri, 06 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Veterans Day Statement; StatewideVeterans Drive Expands to Las Vegas Location <br /> ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Veterans_Day_Statement.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Balderas released the following statement today:

“On Veterans Day it is not enough to just thank our veterans, but we must take action by supporting and advocating for our veterans. Today, the Office of the Attorney General delivered to our partner New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers the first truckload of donations from around the state. The Office of the Attorney General will continue to collect donations in Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Las Vegas and Santa Fe through the end of November for homeless and transitioning veterans. We owe a great debt to New Mexico veterans.”</pre></div>

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Carlsbad Judge Sentences Convicted Murderer Dallas Hnulik to 12 Years Incarceration ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Carlsbad_Judge_Sentences_Convicted_Murderer_Dallas_Hnulik_to_12_Years_Incarceration.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Carlsbad, NM – Today, the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Fifth Judicial District Judge Lisa B. Riley sentenced Dallas Hnulik to 12 years incarceration, suspending 4 years of the total possible sentence, for the murder of Brandy Capps, age 32, who was found dead in her vehicle in Artesia five years ago. The Office of the Attorney General prosecuted the case and a Carlsbad jury found Hnulik guilty of second degree murder in July of this year.</pre></div>
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Brown Mackie College & EDMC Schools to Forgive $632,000 in Loans Made to New Mexico Students; Change Practices in Settlement with Attorney General ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Brown_Mackie_College___EDMC_Schools_to_Forgive_%24632_000_in_Loans_Made_to_New_Mexico_Students.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – For-profit education company Education Management Corporation (EDMC) will significantly reform its recruiting and enrollment practices, and forgive more than $632,000 in loans for approximately 553 New Mexico former students, through a qui tam settlement with Attorney General Hector Balderas and a group of state attorneys general.</pre></div>
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: Attorney General Warns New Mexicans about “Making Home Affordable” Program ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_Attorney_General_Warns_New_Mexicans_about_%E2%80%9CMaking_Home_Affordable%E2%80%9D_Program.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert to warn New Mexicans about a dangerous new scam preying on New Mexicans who are having trouble paying their mortgages.

“Do not pay Ocwen mortgage payments by Moneygram in response to ‘Making Home Affordable’ offer letters or calls,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “This is a scam and if you receive one of these letters or calls please contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General at 505-222-9100.”
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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Human Trafficker Sentenced to Additional 24 Years on Habitual Offender Enhancement ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Human_Trafficker_Sentenced_to_Additional_24_Years_on_Habitual_Offender_Enhancement.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Yesterday, District Judge Stan Whitaker imposed an additional 24 years of incarceration on convicted human trafficker Wallace Carson. The Office of the Attorney General successfully investigated and prosecuted Mr. Carson’s case. The additional time was imposed under New Mexico’s “Habitual Offender Enhancement” laws. Judge Whitaker found that Mr. Carson was a “habitual offender” with two prior felony convictions from Texas. This finding requires Mr. Carson to serve an additional four years on every felony of which he was convicted last spring.</pre></div>
Thu, 03 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General & The Salvation Army Partner for Statewide Christmas Angel Program ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General___The_Salvation_Army_Partner_for_Statewide_Christmas_Angel_Program.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas and The Salvation Army announced today they are teaming up to give a boost to the Christmas Angel 2015 donation drive across New Mexico. The Attorney General is asking New Mexicans to donate new, unwrapped toys and clothing items for infants to 17 year-olds in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces through December 15, 2015. Donations of new toys and clothing dropped off at Office of the Attorney General locations will allow The Salvation Army help even more families in need celebrate the holidays across New Mexico.</pre></div>
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Conviction Reinstated in Lea County Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Child Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Conviction_Reinstated_in_Lea_County_Criminal_Sexual_Penetration_of_a_Child_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General that Danny Surratt’s conviction for sexual penetration of a child under age thirteen be reinstated. The defendant is a retired law enforcement officer in Lea County who was investigated and charged in August of 2010 with inappropriate sexual contact toward his two minor stepdaughters.</pre></div>
Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Issues Holiday Scam Alert ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Issues_Holiday_Scam_Alert.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – As the shopping season ramps up, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a holiday scam alert today to help New Mexicans protect themselves. The three most prominent holiday scams New Mexico may experience involve fake online shopping websites, fraudulent gift cards and fake charities.</pre></div>
Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement on former Secretary of State Dianna Duran Sentencing ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Statement_on_former_Secretary_of_State_Dianna_Duran_Sentencing.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding former Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s sentencing hearing:

“The swift adjudication of this matter rectifies the public harm done by the criminal conduct of Ms. Duran and saved tremendous taxpayer impeachment resources. The Office of the Attorney General thoroughly investigated the case, which resulted in felony convictions and jail time. With this matter coming to a close, this Office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute public corruption in New Mexico.”</pre></div>

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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$300,000 Recovered by AG’s Fraud Recovery Strike Force from Local Seller of Water Refining Equipment ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/%24300_000_Recovered_by_AG%E2%80%99s_Fraud_Recovery_Strike_Force_from_Local_Seller_of_Water_Refining_Equipment.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General’s Fraud Recovery Strike Force has reached a settlement with a local company regarding sales of water refining equipment. The settlement brings to an end a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General regarding allegedly unfair sales practices used by the company in New Mexico. The company agreed to pay $300,000 as part of the settlement.</pre></div>
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Announces Conviction of Man Who Solicited Sex from Detective Posing as 12 Year-Old Girl ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Announces_Conviction_of_Man_Who_Solicited_Sex_from_Detective_Posing_as_12_Year_Old_Girl.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Yesterday, an Albuquerque jury convicted Thomas Horn of Child Solicitation by Electronic Communication Device (child under 13) (appears for meeting). Horn was communicating with an undercover detective posing as a 12 year-old girl.</pre></div>
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Closing New Mexico’s Child Pornography & Exploitation Loophole: Representatives Sarah Maestas Barnes, Javier Martinez & Randal Crowder Pre-File Legislation Supported by New Mexico Attorney General ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Closing_New_Mexico%E2%80%99s_Child_Pornography___Exploitation_Loophole.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Representatives Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Bernalillo), Javier Martinez (D-Bernalillo) and Randal Crowder (R-Curry) will pre-file legislation today backed by Attorney General Hector Balderas to close New Mexico’s child pornography and exploitation loophole. The current law limits the ability of prosecutors to charge defendants who possess multiple images of children being raped, objectified, and exploited in multiple forms of media and online. Currently, these child predators are only subject to prosecution of one count of child exploitation by possession, irrespective of the number of images they possessed.</pre></div>
Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Announces 2016 Statewide Open Meetings Act & Inspection of Public Records Act Trainings ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Announces_2016_Statewide_Open_Meetings_Act___Inspection_of_Public_Records_Act_Trainings.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the locations of free Sunshine Laws trainings around New Mexico for the first half of 2016. The free training sessions are designed to help government agencies and municipalities better understand the requirements of the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) and its Open Meetings Act (OMA). The training sessions are held monthly around the state and are also open to the public and media.</pre></div>
Wed, 30 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Announces Man Convicted of Molesting & Video-Recording Boy in Arroyo Will Not Have Convictions Overturned ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Man_Convicted_of_Molesting___Video_Recording_Boy_in_Arroyo_Will_Not_Have_Convictions_Overturned.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court denied review in the case of Genaro Sandoval, who was convicted in 2013 for his 2003 sexual assault of a twelve-year-old boy in an Albuquerque arroyo. Following briefing by the Criminal Appeals Division of the Office of the Attorney General, the Court of Appeals affirmed the convictions and Sandoval’s 41-year sentence. The Supreme Court’s decision to deny further review means that the convictions are final as a matter of state law.</pre></div>
Thu, 07 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Recognize the Signs: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Recognize_the_Signs_National_Human_Trafficking_Awareness_Day.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas marked the importance of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Monday, January 11, 2016, reminding all New Mexico families to be vigilant when it comes to human trafficking predators. The Attorney General is asking all New Mexicans to learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking this week.</pre></div>
Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Offers Free Training to Avoid Financial Pitfalls Facing Senior Citizens
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General will provide a free training this Saturday for senior citizens and their caretakers on how to avoid financial pitfalls facing seniors.</pre></div>
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Sends Letter to CDC on Opioid Drugs ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Sends_Letter_to_CDC_on_Opioid_Drugs.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and 35 attorneys general sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to urge the speedy adoption of the CDC’s Proposed 2016 Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. New Mexico, like most of the nation, is battling an opioid and heroin addiction epidemic. The core message of the guidelines, that many patients can be treated with lower doses or alternative treatment methods, provides much-needed direction to doctors.</pre></div>
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Hosts Mexican Prosecutors, Investigators & Forensic Experts for Training & Interdisciplinary Exchange ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Hosts_Mexican_Prosecutors__Investigators___Forensic_Experts.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the successful completion of a weeklong training and interdisciplinary exchange for Mexican prosecutors, investigators and forensic experts hosted by the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General. Mexican and New Mexican law enforcement officials came together this week in Albuquerque to strengthen law enforcement relationships across the shared border, increase interagency communication, and receive training from the Office of the Attorney General and other New Mexico law enforcement agencies.</pre></div>
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Suit against Volkswagen, Audi & Porsche for Defying Clean Air & Consumer Laws with Diesel Emission-Cheating Software ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Files_Suit_against_Volkswagen_Audi_Porsche.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed suit on behalf of the State of New Mexico against Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, and their U.S. subsidiaries for state air quality control act and deceptive trade practice act violations. The Office of the Attorney General’s Fraud Recovery Strike Force filed the suit in state District Court yesterday afternoon. The Attorney General’s suit stems from Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche’s admitted use of emissions-cheating software in diesel-powered vehicles delivered and sold throughout New Mexico, as well as from those companies’ false advertisement portraying those diesel vehicles as being clean-running and eco-friendly.</pre></div>
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement on BLM’s Venting & Flaring Rule Proposal ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Statement_on_BLM%E2%80%99s_Venting___Flaring_Rule_Proposal_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>lbuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the Bureau of Land Management’s rule proposal to reduce methane emissions and wasted gas on public and tribal lands:

“Today’s announcement is a strong step in the right direction, and I am glad to see the BLM working to give New Mexicans their fair share from the development of our oil and gas resources. Strong action to address methane on federal and tribal lands will address waste of a public resource and provide economic benefits to the people of New Mexico. It will also provide health benefits to New Mexico families.”
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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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New Mexico Office of the Attorney General Joins the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/New_Mexico_Office_of_the_Attorney_General_Joins_the_U.S.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – On January 20, 2016 five special agents for the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, one APD officer and one Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy were sworn in as Special Deputy United States Marshals as Task Force Officers (TFO). They will be joining many law enforcement officials from throughout New Mexico actively participating in the South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) Task Force.</pre></div>
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: Attorney General Warns New Mexicans of Craigslist Apartment Rental Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_Attorney_General_Warns_New_Mexicans_of_Craigslist_Apartment_Rental_Scams.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert today in response to a recent uptick in reports of Craigslist apartment scams from consumers across New Mexico. This scam typically occurs when someone is looking for an apartment or house to rent on Craigslist. The “landlord” will not be available to show the property personally as they claim to be out of town, but they promise a great deal on the rent. Typically, the person posting the photo and ad does not own the property. The scammer will request deposit money to be sent to another state or country. Once that money is gone, it’s gone for good.</pre></div>
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Letter to Legislators Regarding Behavioral Health Investigations ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/February_8__2016_Behavioral_Health_Audit.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>A letter from Attorney General Balderas regarding the status of the behavioral health investigations.</pre></div>
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Urges U.S. Senate to Pass the HANGUP Act ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Urges_U.S._Senate_to_Pass_the_HANGUP_Act.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas is urging the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to pass the ‘‘Help Americans Never Get Unwanted Phone calls Act of 2015’’ or ‘‘HANGUP” Act. In the letter, Attorney General Balderas and 24 state attorneys general, called on the committee to pass the Act, which repeals a recent amendment to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to allow debt-collection robocalls to consumers’ cell phones.</pre></div>
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT Attorney General Balderas Warns Taxpayers about IRS Phone Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_Attorney_General_Balderas_Warns_Taxpayers_about_IRS_Phone_Scams.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert this morning in response to a very large increase in reports made to the Office of the Attorney General by consumers across New Mexico regarding “IRS” scams. IRS imposters are calling using fake names, titles and even badge numbers in New Mexico. They may know the last four digits of your Social Security Number, may have caller ID information that appears to be the IRS calling, they may send bogus e-mails to you, and they may call back numerous times claiming to be from the police or from the department of motor vehicles with caller ID again appearing to be from these agencies.</pre></div>
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Recognizes Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month; Offers Trainings to Students Across New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Recognizes_Teen_Dating_Violence_Awareness_Month.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his office’s continued efforts to educate students across New Mexico about the dangers of teen dating violence and the importance of healthy relationships.</pre></div>
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG to SJC: Please Protect New Mexico Children from Sexual Exploitation ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_to_SJC_Please_Protect_New_Mexico_Children_from_Sexual_Exploitation.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on House Bill 65 tonight, Attorney General Balderas issued the following statement:

“I am urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to pass a tough law, HB 65, that protects children from sexual exploitation in New Mexico,” said Attorney General Balderas. “There can be no more child exploitation loopholes in our state.”
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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Partnership with National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to Train Elementary Students on Internet Safety ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Announces_Partnership_with_National_Center_for_Missing___Exploited_Children.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that will allow the Office of the Attorney General to use NCMEC resources and kid-friendly videos and educational materials to provide internet safety training. The Office of the Attorney General leads the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and already works closely with NCMEC in this capacity. The first Cyber Safety presentation for elementary students was presented to 100 fifth graders at Painted Sky Elementary School in Albuquerque yesterday. (Photos attached) The Office of the Attorney General has already been providing internet safety trainings to middle school students, high school students and parents around New Mexico.</pre></div>
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Vote to Close the Child Exploitation Loophole ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Statement_on_Senate_Judiciary_Committee_Vote_to_Close_the_Child_Exploitation_Loophole.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Tonight, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the Senate Judiciary Committee vote to close New Mexico’s child exploitation loophole:

“We applaud the Senate Judiciary Committee members’ efforts to close the child sexual exploitation loophole and to avoid creating new loopholes.”
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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Urges Senate Finance Committee to Pass HB 65 to Close Child Exploitation Loopholes in order to Protect all New Mexico Children ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Urges_Senate_Finance_Committee_to_Pass_HB_65.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas is urging members of the Senate Finance Committee to pass HB 65 to close child exploitation loopholes in order to protect all New Mexico children. The Senate Finance Committee is expected to hear the the bill tomorrow morning. In anticipation of the hearing, Balderas issued the following statement:

“We should not carve out exceptions for any age group, or any activity, particularly that which weakens protections for 15-18 year-olds who are among the most vulnerable to predators and among the most impressionable populations in our state.”
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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Man Convicted of Filming Children in Bathroom of Insurance Business Sentenced to Three Years in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Man_Convicted_of_Filming_Children_in_Bathroom_of_Insurance_Business_Sentenced_to_Three_Years_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Second Judicial District Court Judge Brett Loveless sentenced defendant Craig Highfill to three years in the Department of Corrections, followed by an indeterminate period of probation and parole. Highfill was convicted of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Manufacture) after he admitted to placing a video camera in his insurance business’ public bathroom he knew to be frequented by children. He admitted to recording at least thirty videos from this camera. He also possessed numerous photos of the clothed intimate areas of both female adults and female children.</pre></div>
Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Recent High Court Rulings Affirming Convictions of Hobbs Murderer & Roswell Dangerous Repeat Offender ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Announces_Recent_High_Court_Rulings_Affirming_Convictions_of_Hobbs_Murderer___Roswell_Dangerous_Repeat_Offender.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced two recent opinions released by the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, both agreeing with the Office of the Attorney General’s positions. This week, the Supreme Court issued a decision affirming the first-degree murder conviction of Deandre Gonzales for the May 29, 2014, murder of a sixteen-year-old victim in Hobbs and the Court of Appeals affirmed Arthur J. Mestas’ conviction for burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary at a Roswell Motel 6. According to nmcourts.gov, Mr. Mestas has a lengthy criminal history.</pre></div>
Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Statement on Dangerous Amendment to Child Exploitation Legislation ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Statement_on_Dangerous_Amendment_to_Child_Exploitation_Legislation.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe – Tonight, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the so called “sexting amendment” that was added to HB 65 in Senate Finance tonight:

“I started this session supporting a measure that provided the maximum protections for all New Mexico children against sexual predators, but I cannot support an amendment that weakens protections for teenagers from predatory activity, creates a dangerous new child exploitation loophole, and places New Mexico’s federal Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force funding in jeopardy. Losing this funding would be a crippling blow to our families and rural law enforcement, and would place New Mexico children at further risk of victimization by child predators.”</pre></div>

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas: Murderer Who Stabbed Ex-Girlfriend 90 Times Will Stay in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/2016_02_19___AG_Balderas_Murderer_Who_Stabbed_ExGirlfriend_90_Times_Will_Stay_in_Prison_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This week, the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with arguments by the Office
of the Attorney General and issued an opinion affirming the first-degree murder conviction of
violent repeat offender Dorall Smith. The victim was Smith’s ex-girlfriend. Smith had a
threatening confrontation with the victim the day before the murder and repeatedly called and
texted her the night of the murder. Her body was then discovered the next morning at her
Albuquerque apartment. She had been stabbed approximately 90 times in a prolonged and
extensive attack. DNA evidence placed the defendant at the scene.
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Fri, 19 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Secures Indictments Against former MDC Guard on 11 Counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration of an Inmate ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Secures_Indictments_Against_former_MDC_Guard.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that yesterday a Bernalillo ?County ?Grand Jury? indicted former Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) Corrections Officer Enock Arvizo ?on 11 counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration of an Inmate, one count of Criminal Sexual Contact of an Inmate, four counts of Battery and two counts of Assault.?</pre></div>
Wed, 24 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Human Trafficking Agents Arrest Man in Underage Prostitution Sting ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Human_Trafficking_Agents_Arrest_Man_in_Underage_Prostitution_Sting.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Attorney General Human Trafficking Task Force arrested Frank Tabor today as the result of an online undercover operation. Special Agents were contacted on February 23, 2016 by a male to engage in commercial sex with a 15-year-old girl. A meeting was arranged between Tabor and the presumed 15-year-old girl for the morning of February 24, 2016. Tabor showed up to the arranged meeting location and was taken into custody. Special Agents from the Office of the Attorney General booked Tabor into the Metropolitan Detention Center for the charge of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Prostitution.</pre></div>
Wed, 24 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Office of the Attorney General Provides Good Government Training to Ukrainian Officials ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Office_of_the_Attorney_General_Provides_Good_Government_Training_to_Ukrainian_Officials.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, the Open Government Division of the Office of the Attorney General provided ethics and good government training to Ukrainian government and legal officials. The officials are in New Mexico in conjunction with the Santa Fe Council on International Relations and the training was provided at the Santa Fe Office of the Attorney General location.</pre></div>
Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General: Farmington Embezzler Facing 12 Years Incarceration ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Farmington_Embezzler_Facing_12_Years_Incarceration.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Farmington, NM – Today, Bobby Willis plead no contest to second-degree felony embezzlement and third-degree felony embezzlement charges in Farmington District Court. The court ordered that a sentencing setting would be scheduled within 60 days over the Office of the Attorney General’s objection to impose 12 years of incarceration immediately after the plea was entered. Under the agreement, Willis faces up to 12 years of incarceration and must make restitution to victims, which he cannot discharge in bankruptcy in addition to court ordered fines. </pre></div>
Fri, 04 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Offers Cyber Safety, Suicide Prevention & Teen Dating Violence Trainings to Students in Albuquerque, Santa Fe & Taos this Week ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Offers_Cyber_Safety__Suicide_Prevention___Teen_Dating_Violence_Trainings_to_Students_in_Albuquerque__Santa_Fe___Taos_this_Week.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas is offering cyber safety, suicide prevention and teen dating violence trainings to students in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos.</pre></div>
Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Announces New Mexico Theme for National Consumer Protection Week: “Be an Informed Consumer” ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Announces_New_Mexico_Theme_for_National_Consumer_Protection_Week.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that New Mexico’s theme for National Consumer Protection Week, March 6th -12th, is “Be an Informed Consumer.” Anyone can fall victim to fraud and scams, and even legitimate businesses can provide incomplete contractual information, omit important details or present misleading advertising. Being an informed consumer is your best defense to protect yourself and your family. Scammers are constantly looking for new ways to take advantage of New Mexicans, and that is why the Office of the Attorney General is focused on informing and educating consumers. </pre></div>
James Hallinan Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Consumer Protection Week:The High Cost of Tax Refund Anticipation Loans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Consumer_Protection_Week_The_High_Cost_of_Tax_Refund_Anticipation_Loans.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas is warning New Mexicans about the high cost of tax Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs). Patience is not only a virtue, it can also save you money. In the hustle and bustle of tax season, consumers, no doubt, have seen the barrage of tax preparers promising “instant refunds.” What they don’t see are the true cost of those “instant refunds,” which really are no more than short term loans at a very high interest rate, secured by the guarantee of your hard-earned tax refund check. </pre></div>
Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Albuquerque Man Convicted for Trying to Have Sex with an 11-Year-Old ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Albuquerque_Man_Convicted_for_Trying_to_Have_Sex_with_an_11_Year_Old.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a Bernalillo County jury convicted Kyle Sanchez of two counts of attempt to commit Criminal Sexual Penetration in the first degree after a two day trial before the Honorable David Williams. Sanchez was charged with attempt to commit Criminal Sexual Penetration after arranging to commit sexual acts with an 11-year-old perceived child and arriving pursuant to the solicitation. Sanchez faces a possible 18 years at sentencing and sex offender registration. </pre></div>
Wed, 09 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: Protect Yourself from Fraud ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_Protect_Yourself_from_Fraud.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert today in order to help New Mexicans avoid being scammed this Consumer Protection Week. Below is advice to help New Mexicans protect their money and credit. Scam artists in the U.S. and around the world defraud millions of people each year. They use the phone, email, postal mail, and the internet to trick consumers into sending money or giving out personal information.</pre></div>
Wed, 09 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Releases Car Buying Tips; Reminds New Mexicans to Do Their Research ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Releases_Car_Buying_Tips%3B_Reminds_New_Mexicans_to_Do_Their_Research.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – On Day 5 of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas wants all New Mexicans to be informed consumers before they purchase their next car. A car purchase is second only to a home as the most expensive purchase many New Mexicans make. According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, the average price of a new car sold in the United States is about $30,000. That’s why Attorney General Balderas believes it’s so important for New Mexicans to know how to make a smart deal for their financial future.</pre></div>
Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Cyber Safety, Financial Literacy, Suicide Prevention & Teen Dating Violence Trainings Schedule for March 14th – 18th ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Cyber_Safety__Financial_Literacy__Suicide_Prevention___Teen_Dating_Violence_Trainings_Schedule_for_March_14th_%E2%80%93_18th.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General Community Outreach Division will be holding cyber safety, financial literacy and teen dating violence trainings next week in the Albuquerque area. </pre></div>
Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General: Arm Yourself against Identity Thieves ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Arm_Yourself_against_Identity_Thieves.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas has a
message for New Mexicans: arm yourself against identity thieves. Identity theft is a crime in
which an impostor obtains key pieces of personal identifying information (PII) such as Social
Security numbers and driver’s license numbers and uses them for their own personal gain. It can
start with lost or stolen wallets, stolen mail, a data breach, computer virus, “phishing” scams, or
paper documents thrown out by you or a business.
</pre></div>

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General & MADD Urge New Mexicans to Plan Ahead for St. Patrick’s Day ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General___MADD_Urge_New_Mexicans_to_Plan_Ahead_for_St._Patrick%E2%80%99s_Day.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas and Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADDNM) are teaming up to urge New Mexicans to plan ahead for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and not drive after drinking.</pre></div>
Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Outreach Office to Give TEDxABQ Talk on Community Wellness in New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Outreach_Office_to_Give_TEDxABQ_Talk_on_Community_Wellness_in_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Erica Davis-Crump, Special Projects Coordinator for the Community Outreach Division of the Office of the Attorney General, will speak on the importance of community wellness at TEDxABQED 2016. She will focus on the importance of the trainings she teaches to students and parents around New Mexico – cyber safety, mental health, financial literacy and violence awareness.</pre></div>
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Announces Clovis & Tularosa Convicted Murderers to Stay in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Announces_Clovis___Tularosa_Convicted_Murderers_to_Stay_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that two convicted murderers will stay in prison after the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division. </pre></div>
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces $605K Judgements in Meth Money Laundering Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Announces_%24605K_Judgements_in_Meth_Money_Laundering_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Alamogordo, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that an Alamogordo judge, the Honorable James W. Counts, assessed $605,000 in penalties against brothers Joe and Robert Chavez, nicknamed “the AZ Boys”, who ran a meth-trafficking operation between New Mexico and Arizona. In 2014, both were convicted at trial of felonies including racketeering, conspiracy, drug trafficking, and multiple counts each of money laundering. The Office of the Attorney General jointly prosecuted these criminal cases with the Twelfth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The civil penalties, sought by the Office of the Attorney General, are believed to be the first ever assessed in New Mexico following money laundering convictions.</pre></div>
Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Joins National Climate Change Coalition ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Joins_National_Climate_Change_Coalition.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that New Mexico has joined Attorneys General from across the nation in an unprecedented coalition of 17 top law enforcement officials to protect and expand progress the nation has made in combatting climate change. The states agreed to work together on key investigations, such as ongoing or any potential investigations into whether fossil fuel companies misled investors and the public on the impact of climate change on their businesses.</pre></div>
Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas & Federal Trade Commission Announce $75 Million Settlement against Sham Cancer Charities ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas___Federal_Trade_Commission_Announce_%2475_Million_Settlement_against_Sham_Cancer_Charities_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas along with the Federal Trade Commission and an unprecedented group consisting of all fifty states and the District of Columbia, announced that the last two nationwide sham cancer charities named in the largest charity regulation case in history, are to be dissolved, their assets transferred to a receiver for liquidation, and their president banned for life from profiting from fundraising, consulting or conducting charitable activity. </pre></div>
Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Cyber Safety, Financial Literacy, Suicide Awareness & Teen Dating Violence Trainings Schedule for April 4-8 ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Cyber_Safety__Financial_Literacy__Suicide_Awareness___Teen_Dating_Violence_Trainings_Schedule_for_April_4_8.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General Community Outreach Division will be holding cyber safety, financial literacy, suicide awareness and teen dating violence trainings next week in Albuquerque, Clayton and Los Lunas.</pre></div>
Fri, 01 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Clears Final Two Behavioral Health Providers; No Fraud Found in Any of the 15 Providers Audited by PCG ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Clears_Final_Two_Behavioral_Health_Providers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – In a letter sent to legislators this morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas cleared Pathways and TeamBuilders, the remaining providers in the Behavioral Health Investigation, of fraud. Upon taking office in 2015, Attorney General Balderas released the PCG audit in its entirety with minimal redactions, and made it a priority to complete the 12 pending behavioral health investigations to bring transparency and accountability to the process. The PCG audit and the Human Services Department alleged there was $36 million in overbilling by the providers. In its separate investigation, based on the allegations of the PCG and OptumHealth audits, the Office of the Attorney General found there was approximately $1.16 million in overbilling and no evidence of fraud.</pre></div>
Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: IRS Scams Increasing Across New Mexico as Tax Day Approaches ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/IRS_Scams_Increasing_Across_New_Mexico_as_Tax_Day_Approaches.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General is receiving increased reports of IRS impersonation scam calls to New Mexico consumers. In these scams, callers claim to be from the IRS and threaten New Mexicans with legal action unless the consumers pay the alleged back taxes or owed taxes. The scammers then ask the consumer to send money by various means including prepaid debit cards or wire transfers. New Mexicans are also experiencing a variation of this scam that tries to play off the current tax season. In this scam, someone calls claiming to be from the IRS stating that they have your tax return and need to verify a few details to process your return. The scam tries to get you to give up personal information such as a Social Security number or personal financial information like bank numbers or credit cards.</pre></div>
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas to Feds: Shut Down Accreditor of Predatory, For-Profit Schools ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_to_Feds_Shut_Down_Accreditor_of_Predatory__For_Profit_Schools.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas, eleven other attorneys general and the Consumer Protection Commissioner of Hawaii sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary John King urging the federal government to cease recognition of Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting body for post-secondary institutions. ACICS accredits schools like Brown Mackie College, ITT Tech and many other schools that have failed students to an utterly indefensible degree. The letter outlines a few examples of ACICS’s sheer failure to maintain any semblance of accountability for the institutions to which it extends accreditation — most shockingly, its continued accreditation of Corinthian up until the day the company declared bankruptcy, collapsed, and the educational institutions it owned shut their doors without notice to students.</pre></div>
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG: Methadone Clinics Should Report to Prescription Drug Monitoring Program ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Methadone_Clinics_Should_Report_to_Prescription_Drug_Monitoring_Program_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas and 32 other attorneys general sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell urging the federal government to require methadone clinics to register, to query and to fully use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs. New Mexico prescribers need to know if patients are getting narcotics from other health providers in order to screen out drug seekers and refer them to substance abuse treatment instead of giving them more opioids or benzodiazepines. New Mexico has some of the highest rates of opioid addiction and abuse in the nation.</pre></div>
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Expresses Grave Concern over Loss of Critical Services for Women in Northern New Mexico; Urges Healthcare Providers and Lawmakers to work together to Ensure Swift Reinstatement ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Expresses_Grave_Concern_over_Loss_of_Critical_Services_for_Women_in_Northern_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to the CEO of Alta Vista
Regional Hospital, Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron, members of the Las Vegas City
Council, and members of the San Miguel County Commission, regarding Alta Vista Regional
Hospital’s recent closure of its obstetrics program. The resulting loss of critical services for
women creates an unacceptable gap in care for mothers across northern New Mexico.</pre></div>

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Kicks Off Money Smart Week in New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Kicks_Off_Money_Smart_Week_in_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas kicked off Money Smart Week in New Mexico by announcing free trainings in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Rio Rancho. Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country. Partnering organizations will host their events April 23 – 30, 2016.</pre></div>
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Responds to DOJ Findings on UNM’s Handling of Campus Sexual Assault Allegations; Offers Assistance Through Previously Convened Working Group ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Responds_to_DOJ_Findings_on_UNM%E2%80%99s_Handling_of_Campus_Sexual_Assault_Allegations.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a statement in response to the release of DOJ findings on the University of New Mexico’s handling of alleged sexual assaults on its campus. The findings indicate that although UNM has made positive steps toward better handling allegations of sexual assault, it is still out of compliance with Title IX and Title IV, two key laws that prohibit sex discrimination in educational institutions.</pre></div>
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas to Feds: NM Consumers Deserve Their Day in Court; Arbitration Clauses Prevent Enforcement Agencies from Discovering Patterns of Unlawful Conduct by Big Business ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_to_Feds_NM_Consumers_Deserve_Their_Day_in_Court.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas addressed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) at a field hearing that was held in downtown Albuquerque regarding proposed federal rule changes for arbitration clauses. Attorney General Balderas is the chief law enforcement officer of New Mexico and is tasked with protecting the state’s consumers and vulnerable populations. The Attorney General made it clear that he will work with the CFPB to protect New Mexico consumers and root out the bad actors that prey on low-income, distressed and minority consumers. In addressing the CFPB, Attorney General Balderas endorsed the proposed rule changes by the federal government to ban the use of one-sided, forced arbitration clauses that only benefit big businesses and harm New Mexico consumers.</pre></div>
Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal Law Enforcement, Service Providers & Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women Work to Combat Human Trafficking on Native American Lands ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General__Bureau_of_Indian_Affairs__Tribal_Law_Enforcement__Service_Providers___Coalition_to_Stop_Violence_Against_Native_Women.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This week, prosecutors and special agents from the Office of the Attorney General joined the Bureau of Indian Affairs, tribal law enforcement agencies, service providers and the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) to combat human trafficking on Native American lands in New Mexico. The working conference, Sex Trafficking in Indian Country, demonstrates the critical importance of federal, state and tribal entities working together with service providers to attack human trafficking and protect victims on tribal lands in New Mexico.</pre></div>
Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Carlsbad, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division by affirming Robert Earley’s convictions for first-degree murder, kidnapping and tampering with evidence. ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Carlsbad_Man_Convicted_for_Brutal_Kidnapping_and_Murder_to_Stay_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Carlsbad, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division by affirming Robert Earley’s convictions for first-degree murder, kidnapping and tampering with evidence. </pre></div>
Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Special Olympics Athletes, Attorney General Balderas, Special Agents & Prosecutors to Complete Torch Run & Participate in Opening Ceremonies ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Special_Olympics_Athletes__Attorney_General_Balderas__Special_Agents___Prosecutors_to_Complete_Torch_Run___Participate_in_Opening_Ceremonies.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>WHO: Special Olympics athletes, Attorney General Hector Balderas, special agents and prosecutors
WHAT: Special Olympics New Mexico Torch Run and Opening Ceremonies
WHERE:
Torch Run: Civic Plaza to UNM Track & Field and Soccer Complex
Opening Ceremonies & Attorney General remarks: UNM Track & Field and Soccer Complex, 1800 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, United States
WHEN: Tomorrow, Friday, May 20, 2016
Torch Run: 6:30 pm
Opening Ceremonies & Attorney General remarks: 7:15 pm</pre></div>

Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas & NM Environment Department File Suit against the EPA & Colorado Mine Owners in Response to the Gold King Mine Spill’s Catastrophic Impact on New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_and_NM_Environment_Department_File_Suit_against_the_EPA_and_Colorado_Mine_Owners.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This afternoon, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Environment Department filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), its contractor and two Colorado mine owners in response to the Gold King Mine Spill’s devastating impact on the State. New Mexico, in addition to the State of Utah, the Navajo Nation and the Southern Ute Tribe, suffered catastrophic environmental, public health and economic damage due to the release of hazardous substances into the Animas River. Since the incident occurred, the State of New Mexico has been in communication with the EPA but the parties have not been able to mutually agree on a monitoring plan that appropriately protects New Mexico and surrounding tribal lands.</pre></div>
Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Albuquerque Man Who Murdered Infant & Motherto Stay in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Albuquerque_Man_Who_Murdered_Infant___Mother_to_Stay_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division by upholding the first-degree murder conviction of Jesus Joaquin Arredondo-Soto for the 2010 Albuquerque slayings of a mother and her infant son. Arredondo-Soto challenged only his conviction for the mother’s murder.</pre></div>
Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General to Offer Cyber Safety, Teen Dating Violence & Suicide Awareness Training at LosRanchos Pride ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Training_at_Los_Ranchos_Pride.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the Office of the Attorney General Community Outreach Division will be providing free cyber safety, teen dating violence and suicide awareness training at the 6th Annual Los Ranchos Pride.</pre></div>
Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General: Supreme Court Ruling Critical Victory for Protecting New Mexico Children ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Supreme_Court_Ruling_Critical_Victory_for_Protecting_New_Mexico_Children.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s interpretation of a 2007 law designed to protect children from obscene electronic communications. The law says that an adult can face felony charges for “sending [a] child obscene images of the person’s intimate parts by means of an electronic communication device.” Defendant Robert Tufts was convicted under this law after he recorded nude videos of himself, placed the videos on a cell phone, and gave the phone to a 15-year-old girl, saying there was “a surprise” on the phone for her.</pre></div>
Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Secretary of State & Attorney General to Provide Support to County Clerks at Primary Election Polling Locations around New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Support_to_County_Clerks_at_Primary_Election_Polling_Locations.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This morning, New Mexico Secretary of State Brad Winter and Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Attorney General will assist the Secretary of State’s Office in providing additional support to county clerks on Election Day to ensure proper conduct at polling locations around New Mexico. State law provides that upon the request of the Secretary of State, the Attorney General shall assign investigators or lawyers to aid the Secretary of State on Election Day to maintain consistency and uniformity.</pre></div>
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas to Participate in Albuquerque Pride Candlelight Vigil ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_to_Participate_in_Albuquerque_Pride_Candlelight_Vigil.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas will participate in Albuquerque Pride’s Candlelight Vigil to commemorate Pride Month and to honor the people who began the Pride movement in New Mexico and across the country for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning (LGBTIQ) community. The candlelight vigil will begin the 40th annual Albuquerque Pride. </pre></div>
Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Lawsuit against Nursing Home Companies Involving Deplorable Conditions Moves Forward ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Lawsuit_against_Nursing_Home_Companies_Involving_Deplorable_Conditions_Moves_Forward.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that on June 6, 2016, the First Judicial District Court entered an order sustaining the Office of the Attorney General’s case against the owners and operators of a New Mexico nursing home chain: Preferred Care and Cathedral Rock. Defendants asked the court to dismiss the Office of the Attorney General’s complaint, challenging the office’s authority to investigate their conduct and attacking the complaint as insufficiently specific. The case is set for trial on April 16, 2018. </pre></div>
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General to Participate in Opioid Addiction Forum ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_to_Participate_in_Opioid_Addiction_Forum.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Attorney General Hector Balderas, U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez, UNM Health Sciences Center Chancellor Dr. Paul B. Roth, experts from health care, law enforcement and nonprofits will discuss Opioid Addiction.</pre></div>
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Statement on Compelling Legislative Disclosure in Senator Griego Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Statement_on_Compelling_Legislative_Disclosure_in_Senator_Griego_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement after the Office of the Attorney General responded to Legislative Council Service’s motion to quash or modify subpoenas:</pre></div>
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Results of National Effort to Lock Up Child Predators ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Announces_Results_of_National_Effort_to_Lock_Up_Child_Predators.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Operation Broken Heart III was a two-month-long coordinated statewide law enforcement sweep. This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces around the country, including the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General ICAC Task Force, launched a two month operation in April called Operation Broken Heart III. The operation was a coordinated effort by law enforcement representing more than 3,000 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies…</pre></div>
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Issues Scam Alert for Grand Jury and Magistrate Judge Scam Calls ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Issues_Scam_Alert_for_Grand_Jury_and_Magistrate_Judge_Scam_Calls_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert regarding phone recordings threatening New Mexicans with federal enforcement action by the U. S. Treasury and appearances before a grand jury or federal magistrate judge. The scam recording tells New Mexicans they must call various phone numbers with out of state area codes. Scams like this one are flooding New Mexico and since May 2, 2016, nearly 700 reports have been made…</pre></div>
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces $2.7 Million for New Mexico E-book Purchasers from Apple Price-Fixing Victory ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/2.7_Million_for_New_Mexico_E_book_Purchasers_from_Apple_Price_Fixing_Victory.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that New Mexico residents who purchased electronic books (E-books) can expect to receive account credits or checks on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 as a result of the successful prosecution of a price-fixing case against Apple, Inc. New Mexico consumers are expected to receive over $2.7 million. New Mexico, along with 32 other states, investigated and prosecuted Apple for its participation in the conspiracy to artificially inflate E-book prices. Under a contingent settlement agreement between the states and Apple, a Supreme Court decision triggered Apple’s obligation to pay the maximum consumer compensation amount of $400 million.</pre></div>
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Community Summit on Empowering Women & the State of Our Youth ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Community_Summit_on_Empowering_Women___the_State_of_Our_Youth.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the 2016 Attorney General Community Summit, Protecting Tomorrow, Today, will focus on two themes: Empowering Women and the State of Our Youth.
Keynote speakers include Maria Cardona, CNN Political Analyst, & Amy Ziering, producer of the documentary The Hunting Ground
KOAT’s Nancy Laflin will emcee Empowering Women and KRQE’s Jessica Garate will emcee State of Our Youth.
The two-day summit will bring together experts from around New Mexico and the nation to tackle the toughest issues facing our state. The summit will offer free trainings to the public and breakout sessions for experts in various fields who work to make New Mexico a safer, healthier and more prosperous place. The summit will be held in Old Town at Hotel Albuquerque on June 27th and 28th. </pre></div>

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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NM Sues Colorado in U.S. Supreme Court over Gold King Mine Spill and Historical Acid Mine Drainage ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/NM_Sues_Colorado_in_U.S._Supreme_Court_over_Gold_King_Mine_Spill_and_Historical_Acid_Mine_Drainage.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM –Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Governor Susana Martinez announced New Mexico filed a lawsuit in the United States Supreme Court with the State of New Mexico Environment Department to hold the State of Colorado responsible for the downstream contamination of the Animas and San Juan watersheds in New Mexico that was caused by continuing acid mine drainage and the 2015 Gold King Mine massive waste spill. In addition to Colorado’s direct role in the Gold King Mine release…</pre></div>
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Statement on Senator Griego Preliminary Hearing ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Statement_on_Senator_Griego_Preliminary_Hearing.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This afternoon, the four day preliminary hearing regarding Senator Phil Griego came to a close and Judge Brett R. Loveless issued his ruling. Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response:

“Today, the Office of the Attorney General concluded its arguments in the preliminary hearing of former Senator Phil Griego</pre></div>

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Warns New Mexicans of Prize Offer Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Warns_New_Mexicans_of_Prize_Offer_Scams_2.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to inform the public of unjust, misleading, or deceptive business practices, and to inform and guide the public on other issues of interest. Consumer Alerts are not legal advice, legal authority, or binding legal opinions by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. Please see below for the latest scam impacting New Mexico and how to protect yourself. </pre></div>
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Procurador General BalderasAdvierte a Nuevo Mexicanos Sobre Estafas deOfrecimiento de Premios ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Warns_New_Mexicans_of_Prize_Offer_Scams_In_Spanish_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre> Albuquerque, NM – Hoy, Procurador General Héctor Balderas emitió una Alerta de Estafa para informar al público de prácticas de negocio injustas, confusas, o engañosas, y para informar y guiar al público sobre otros asuntos de interés. Alertas al Consumidor no son consejo legal, autoridad legal, u opiniones legales vinculantes de parte de La Oficina del Procurador General de Nuevo México. Por favor lea lo siguiente sobre la última estafa impactando a Nuevo México y cómo protegerse.</pre></div>
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Phishing Scam Targeting New Mexico Businesses_Scammers Claim to be with the OAG ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Phishing_Scam_Targeting_New_Mexico_Businesses_Scammers_Claim_to_be_with_the_OAG_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to warn New Mexico businesses and the public about a new phishing scheme. The scammers are sending emails to businesses claiming to be with the Office of the Attorney General and claiming that there has been a complaint filed against the business. The business owners are then asked to click a link to see the “complaint” and that they have ten days to respond. The Office of Attorney General will not, and does not, send emails like the ones being used in this scam which hit New Mexico this week. </pre></div>
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Participates in U. S. Army War College Commandant’s National Security Program ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Participates_in_U._S._Army_War_College_Commandant_s_National_Security_Program.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Carlisle Barracks, PA – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Lt. Col. Thomas Gonzales, New Mexico National Guard Joint Counterdrug Coordinator, participated in the United States Army War College’s 11th Annual Commandant’s National Security program: “Strategic Leadership for Global Challenges to National Security.” This intensive program brings together a wide variety of strategic leaders to discuss the most significant public safety challenges facing the nation. The program ran from July 18 – 21, 2016.</pre></div>
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Seeks Restraining Order to Protect Homeowners and Stop Sham Lawsuits ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Seeks_Restraining_Order_to_Protect_Homeowners_and_Stop_Sham_Lawsuits.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, the Office of the Attorney General filed a lawsuit and sought a temporary restraining order against a New Mexico attorney, Johsua R. Simms, and a group of non-attorneys, who the Attorney General alleges take advantage of consumers in financial distress and who are trying to avoid a foreclosure on their homes. The non-attorneys often did business under the name “Praedium Preservation” and that business was headed by Mukthiar S. Khalsa. </pre></div>
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Secures $1,028,000 Recovery for Consumers and State for Drug Companies Efforts to Preclude Competition ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Secures_Recovery_for_Consumers_and_State_for_Drug_Companies_Efforts_to_Preclude_Competition.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced a $1,028,000 settlement with Cephalon and affiliated companies (“Cephalon”) for New Mexico consumers and the State. The settlement ends a multistate investigation into anticompetitive conduct by Cephalon to protect the monopoly profits it earned from its landmark wakefulness drug, Provigil. That conduct delayed generic versions of Provigil from entering the market for several years.</pre></div>
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Position on Facebook/PNM Application ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Position_on_FacebookPNM_Application.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Tomorrow, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) will be holding a public hearing to consider the Application of New Mexico Public Service Company (PNM) regarding approval of a Special Services Contract and Advice Notice for a potential new customer, Facebook, Inc. If approved the proposal would put New Mexico in the running with Utah for consideration of Facebook’s next data center.</pre></div>
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces $100 Million Settlement with Barclays for Manipulating LIBOR ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_%24100_Million_Settlement_with_Barclays_for_Manipulating_LIBOR.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced a $100 million settlement with Barclays Bank PLC and Barclays Capital Inc. for fraudulent and anticompetitive conduct involving the manipulation of LIBOR. This is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers. Among the entities that stand to benefit from the settlement are the Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico and the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board.</pre></div>
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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SAFETY ADVISORY FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL HECTOR BALDERAS & THENEW MEXICO OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERALINTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN UNIT ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SAFETY_ADVISORY_From_the_AG_and_the_Internet_Crimes_Against_Children_Unit.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Unit issued a Safety Advisory regarding Pokémon GO to all New Mexico law enforcement agency partners and the public. Pokémon GO is entertaining for our children, however, our children forget about the reality of this world, and how dangerous it can be. Pokémon GO is a lot of fun and has its benefits (e.g. exercise, being outside), but there are a multitude of things that can go wrong while playing. </pre></div>
Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Public Comments in Support of Facebook Data Center with the PRC ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Files_Public_Comments_in_Support_of_Facebook_Data_Center_with_the_PRC.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed public comments in support of the Facebook data center with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The Office of the Attorney General is charged with representing New Mexico and its residential and small business ratepayers.

Below is the text of the Attorney General’s filing:

Attorney General Hector Balderas submits these public comments…
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Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Condolences for Officer Jose Chavez ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Condolences_for_Officer_Jose_Chavez.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement after the tragic death of Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez:

“All of New Mexico stands with the Chavez family, the Hatch Police Department…
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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Obtains Restraining Order to Protect Homeowners ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Obtains_Restraining_Order_to_Protect_Homeowners.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General obtained a temporary restraining order and injunction against a New Mexico attorney, Joshua R. Simms, and a group of non-attorneys who operate a mortgage assistance relief business which operates under the name “Praedium Preservation.” The Attorney General alleged that Praedium Preservation took advantage of and profited from consumers in financial distress who are trying to avoid a foreclosure on their homes. </pre></div>
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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BUSINESS SCAM ALERT: Scammers Posing as PNM Employees Threaten New Mexico Businesses ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/BUSINESS_SCAM_ALERT_Scammers_Posing_as_PNM_Employees_Threaten_New_Mexico_Businesses.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a statewide Scam Alert in response to a troubling new scam that has the perpetrators posing as PNM employees. The fake PNM employees are calling small and large businesses in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas demanding payments and threatening to cut off electricity to the business if they do not pay them immediately. Among the businesses that have been targeted are well-established hotels and restaurants, but all types of small and large businesses in New Mexico should be on guard and warn their employees about this scam.</pre></div>
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Announces Double Murder Convictions Upheld by New Mexico Supreme Court ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Announces_Double_Murder_Convictions_Upheld_by_New_Mexico_Supreme_Court.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the New Mexico State Supreme Court ruled to uphold the murder convictions and related charges against Rigoberto Rodriguez, who was convicted of double murder in August of 2013 in the Second Judicial District. In January of 2010 Rigoberto Rodriguez and his co-conspirators robbed and shot David Maldonado to death, and then stabbed Connie Maldonado with a knife causing her to bleed to death.</pre></div>
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Urges U.S. Department of Education to Protect New Mexico Students and Victims of ITT Tech ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Urges_U.S.D.O.E._to_Protect_NM_Students_and_Victims_of_ITT_Tech.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas urged the U.S. Department of Education to protect the students and victims of the for-profit education institution ITT Technical Institute. In a letter sent today to the Secretary of Education, Attorney General Balderas expressed his alarm that the Department acted without concern for the welfare of students. In a separate letter, Attorney General Balderas urged New Mexico’s Congressional Delegation and the chairs of the House Education and the Workforce and Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions committees to investigate and remedy the concerns surrounding ITT Tech’s sudden closure.</pre></div>
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Secures 10 Year Sentence for Con Artist in Probation Violation Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Secures_10_Year_Sentence_for_Con_Artist_in_Probation_Violation_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today in Second Judicial District Court, Judge Alisa Hadfield sentenced defendant John Darren Meister to ten years in the Department of Corrections for violating probation, followed by two and a half years of supervised probation. During this probationary period, following his release from prison, Meister must continue to make restitution payments to the two victims. In June 2015, Meister pled guilty to felony racketeering, fraud and money laundering. These crimes arose from a series of incidents in 2013 and 2014 where he stole money from two individuals, falsely representing to these victims that their money would be used to invest in various, non-existent businesses.</pre></div>
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Facebook Statement ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Facebook_Statement.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Los Lunas, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to Facebook’s historic announcement for Los Lunas and New Mexico:

“This is an exciting opportunity for New Mexico as the Facebook data center will be the most advanced data center in the country, be completely powered by renewable energy, and will create economic growth opportunities for New Mexico families.”</pre></div>

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas to Hold Transition Meetings for ITT Tech Students ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_to_Hold_Transition_Meetings_for_ITT_Tech_Students.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that his office will be holding transition meetings for students affected by ITT Technical Institute’s recent closure. Last week, ITT announced that it closed its ITT Technical Institute campuses nationwide, including the Albuquerque location. Attorney General Balderas wants to help New Mexicans learn about their options after the closure. The purpose of these sessions is to educate former ITT students about the circumstances surrounding the closure, possible avenues for discharging their federal student loan debt, as well as to provide information about other educational programs that might accept transfer credits from ITT and what actions the Office of the Attorney General may be considering. The Office of the Attorney General will be staffing these transition meetings with attorneys from its Consumer and Environmental Protection Division, who will be offering a presentation and will be available to field questions from students.</pre></div>
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Sues Bristol-Myers Squibb for False & Deceptive Marketing ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Sues_Bristol_Myers_Squibb_for_False___Deceptive_Marketing_w_Complaint.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical manufacturer Bristol-Meyers Squibb for false and deceptive marketing of the prescription drug Plavix. The complaint alleges that the drug company knew that its drug was ineffective in a percentage of the population and may have increased a patient’s risk of internal bleeding, but the company failed to disclose that to prescribing doctors and the public.</pre></div>
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas to Hold TransitionMeetings for ITT Tech Students ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_to_Hold_Transition_Meetings_for_ITT_Tech_Students.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced this week that his office will be holding transition meetings for students affected by ITT Technical Institute’s recent closure. Last week, ITT announced that it closed its ITT Technical Institute campuses nationwide, including the Albuquerque location. Attorney General Balderas wants to help New Mexicans learn about their options after the closure. The purpose of these sessions is to educate former ITT students about the circumstances surrounding the closure, possible avenues for discharging their federal student loan debt, as well as to provide information about other educational programs that might accept transfer credits from ITT and what actions the Office of the Attorney General may be considering. The Office of the Attorney General will be staffing these transition meetings with attorneys from its Consumer and Environmental Protection Division, who will be offering a presentation and will be available to field questions from students.</pre></div>
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Launches Year of the Student Outreach Campaign to Empower New Mexicans of All Ages ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Launches_Year_of_the_Student_Outreach_Campaign_to_Empower_New_Mexicans_of_All_Ages.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas proudly announces his 2016-2017 Outreach campaign, Year of The Student. This newest phase of his office’s ongoing educational campaign encourages New Mexicans of all ages to see themselves as students and invest in learning opportunities that will equip them with the tools they need to make healthy and informed decisions.</pre></div>
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Facebook and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to Host Free Workshop for Albuquerque Small Businesses ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Facebook_and_U.S._Hispanic_Chamber_of_Commerce_to_Host.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>On Friday, September 23, at 9:00 a.m., In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Facebook and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) will host a Boost Your Business seminar in Albuquerque, NM. The seminar is free to the public and aims to teach local small business owners how to optimize their presence and engage customers on the world’s largest social network. </pre></div>
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Sends Investigatory Letter to EpiPen Manufacturer ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Sends_Investigatory_Letter_to_EpiPen_Manufacturer.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, the Office of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas sent an investigatory letter requesting information to the manufacturer of EpiPen, the brand name of an auto-injector used so that synthetic adrenaline can be administered safely and quickly to treat anaphylaxis caused by a severe allergic reaction. In the past months, the price of EpiPens has risen dramatically, raising alarm that some New Mexico families may not be able to afford this life-saving medication.</pre></div>
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas Walks-the-Walk for Suicide Awareness ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Office_of_Attorney_General_Hector_Balderas_Walks_the_Walk_for_Suicide_Awareness.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting their annual Out of the Darkness suicide awareness walk in honor of suicide awareness month. This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his office will participate in the walk in Albuquerque. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents and New Mexico currently ranks fifth in the nation for suicide. </pre></div>
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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SAFETY ADVISORY from AG Response to Yahoo 500 Million User Accounts Stolen ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SAFETY_ADVISORY_from_AG_Response_to_Yahoo_500_Million_User_Accounts_Stolen.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Unit issued a Safety Advisory in response to Yahoo’s announcement that 500 million of its user accounts were stolen. </pre></div>
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Arrest in Attorney General Human Trafficking Operation ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Arrest_in_Human_Trafficking_Operation.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General Human Trafficking Task Force recently conducted an undercover sting operation resulting in the arrest of Tyrone Davis. </pre></div>
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Offers Cyber Safety, Suicide Awareness & Financial Well-Being Training ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Offers_Cyber_Safety_Suicide_Awareness___Financial_Well_Being_Training.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Moriarty, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that tomorrow the Office of the Attorney General Community Outreach Division will be holding a cyber safety training for Moriarty Middle School students, suicide prevention training for Truman Middle School students and financial well-being training for parents at La Academia de Esperanza. </pre></div>
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Announces Hobbs Murder Conviction Upheld by New Mexico Supreme Court ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Announces_Hobbs_Murder_Conviction_Upheld_by_New_Mexico_Supreme_Court.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the New Mexico State Supreme Court ruled to uphold the first-degree murder conviction against Santana Serrano, who was convicted in March of 2015 in the Fifth Judicial District Court. </pre></div>
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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DZILTH-NA-O-DITH-HLE & SANDIA PARK: AG Offers Suicide Awareness & Cyber Safety Training ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/DZILTH_NA_O_DITH_HLE___SANDIA_PARK_AG_Offers_Suicide_Awareness___Cyber_Safety_Training.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that tomorrow the Office of the Attorney General Community Outreach Division will be holding a suicide prevention training for Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle Community School students and will participate in East Mountain High School Parent Night providing Cyber Safety training. </pre></div>
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG & NM Environment Department to Urge Four Corners Residents to Come Forward with Claims from Gold King Mine Spill ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG___NM_Env_Dpt_to_Urge_Four_Corners_Residents_to_Come_Forward_with_Claims_from_Gold_King_Mine_Spill.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Aztec, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas and Four Corners, Navajo Nation and New Mexico Environment Department officials will hold a press conference on Tuesday, October 25th to urge residents who have been impacted by the Gold King Mine Spill to meet with New Mexico’s legal team.</pre></div>
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas, Aztec Mayor Burbridge, Farmington Mayor Roberts, Kirtland Mayor Duncan, & Officials from San Juan County, Navajo Nation & NM Environment Department to Urge Four Corners Residents to Come Forward with Claims from Gold King Mine Spill ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Urge_Four_Corners_Residents_to_Come_Forward_with_Claims_from_Gold_King_Mine_Spill.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Aztec, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas and Four Corners, Navajo Nation and New Mexico Environment Department officials will hold a press conference on Tuesday, October 25th to urge residents who have been impacted by the Gold King Mine Spill to meet with New Mexico’s legal team. During the press conference, Attorney General Balderas will give an update on the current situation and share information with the community about further potential legal steps to be taken to make New Mexico and Four Corners residents whole after the devastating spill. After the press conference, special counsel will be available at the San Juan County Government Center throughout the afternoon and from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Wednesday to meet with the local community and hear their stories.</pre></div>
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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New Mexico to Receive $677,000 from Hyundai & Kia to Resolve Allegations of Violations of the Unfair Practices Act ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/New_Mexico_to_Receive_%24677_000_from_Hyundai___Kia_to_Resolve_Allegations_of_Violations_of_the_Unfair_Practices_Act.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the State of New Mexico will receive $677,428.99 as part of a multi-state settlement with automakers Hyundai and Kia to resolve claims that the companies misrepresented the mileage and fuel economy ratings for some of their model year 2011, 2012 and 2013 vehicles.</pre></div>
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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NEW PHONE NUMBERS: Attorney General Shifts to Secure, Cost-Saving VOIP Phone System on November 7th ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Shifts_to_Secure__Cost_Saving_VOIP_Phone_System.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General is switching to a secure voice over internet protocol (VOIP) phone system beginning on November 7, 2016. This change will save New Mexico taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. New Mexicans are asked to take note of the new phone and fax numbers for the Office of the Attorney General. </pre></div>
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Filing of Criminal Complaint & Arrest Warrant for Davon Lymon for the Homicide of APD Officer Daniel Webster ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Announces_Filing_of_Criminal_Complaint___Arrest_Warrant_for_Davon_Lymon_for_the_Homicide_of_APD_Officer_Daniel_Webster.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that a criminal complaint and arrest warrant for Davon Lymon have been filed for multiple felony counts, including homicide, for the death of Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster. </pre></div>
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Secretary of State & Attorney General to Provide Support to County Clerks at General Election Polling Locations around New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Secretary_of_State___AG_to_Provide_Support_to_County_Clerks_at_General_Election_Polling_Locations_around_NM.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, New Mexico Secretary of State Brad Winter and Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Attorney General will assist the Secretary of State’s Office in providing additional support to county clerks on Election Day to ensure proper conduct at polling locations around New Mexico. State law provides that upon the request of the Secretary of State, the Attorney General shall assign investigators or lawyers to aid the Secretary of State on Election Day to maintain consistency and uniformity.</pre></div>
Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas, District Attorney D’Antonio & Veterans Affairs Officials to Hold Press Conference on Veterans Court & Expanded Attorney General Resources for Veterans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_DA_DAntonio_Veterans_Affairs_Press_Conference_on_Veterans_Court_and_Expanded_AG_Resources_for_Veterans.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas and District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced they will hold a press conference today with Veterans Affairs officials regarding the importance of Veterans Courts in Doña Ana County and New Mexico. Officials will also discuss the results of a recent survey conducted by the VA and Doña Ana County Detention Center, and Attorney General Balderas will discuss expanded resources for New Mexico veterans. </pre></div>
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas to Celebrate Veterans Day with Los Lunas High School Jr. ROTC Students and Veterans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_to_Celebrate_Veterans_Day_with_Los_Lunas_High_School_Jr._ROTC_Students_and_Veterans.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Los Lunas, NM – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he will participate in the Los Lunas High School JROTC Veterans Day Celebration on Thursday at the Los Lunas High School Football Stadium. Media is invited to attend.</pre></div>
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces $32 Million Judgment against FastBucks to Benefit New Mexico Consumers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_%2432_Million_Judgment_against_FastBucks_to_Benefit_New_Mexico_Consumers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a district court judge ruled New Mexicans should receive upwards of $32 million from FastBucks for their unfair and unconscionable business practices. First Judicial District Judge Francis J. Mathew ruled that FastBucks should pay the sum of $32,255,054.00 in restitution to the consumer borrowers who were taken advantage of by FastBucks’ business practices. The suit was brought by the Office of the Attorney General for violations of New Mexico law. This judgment is the conclusion of the damages phase of the litigation. The initial decision deciding FastBucks had, in fact, violated New Mexico law was entered in 2012. </pre></div>
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Conviction in Brutal Rape Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Conviction_in_Brutal_Rape_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that a 2nd Judicial District Court jury found Joseph Apodaca guilty of two counts of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree and one count of tampering with evidence following a two week trial.</pre></div>
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas: Maker of Opioid Addiction Treatment Drug Suboxone Accused of Conspiring to Keep Monopoly Profits ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Maker_of_Opioid_Addiction_Treatment_Drug_Suboxone_Accused_of_Conspiring_to_Keep_Monopoly_Profits.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas and 41 other attorneys general yesterday filed an amended antitrust lawsuit against the makers of Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opioid addiction, over allegations that the companies engaged in a scheme to block generic competitors and cause purchasers to pay artificially high prices. Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, now known as Indivior, is accused of conspiring with MonoSol Rx to switch Suboxone from a tablet version to a film (that dissolves in the mouth) in order to prevent or delay generic alternatives and maintain monopoly profits.</pre></div>
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Cold Case Murder Conviction Upheld by Supreme Court ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Cold_Case_Murder_Conviction_Upheld_by_Supreme_Court.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled to uphold the first-degree murder conviction of Anthony John Morris in a 25 year-old cold case. The Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division handled the appeal for the State. </pre></div>
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement on NM Senate Leadership ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Statement_on_NM_Senate_Leadership.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Tonight, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding New Mexico Senate leadership:</pre></div>
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement on House Leadership ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Statement_on_House_Leadership.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Tonight, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding New Mexico House of Representatives leadership: </pre></div>
Sun, 20 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Convicted Murderer to Stay in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Announces_Convicted_Murderer_to_Stay_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Clovis, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that convicted murderer Albert Jose Ramirez will remain in prison after the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division by affirming his murder conviction. Ramirez was found guilty by a Curry County jury for murdering his mother’s boyfriend at her Clovis home in 2007. Ramirez shot the victim multiple times including bullets to the head as the victim lay on the ground. </pre></div>
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces AG’s Office will Join Prosecution of Xavier Nelson ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG%E2%80%99s_Office_will_Join_Prosecution_of_Xavier_Nelson.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Xavier Nelson was arraigned in Bernalillo County District Court on three counts involving the death of 10-year-old Carmen Esmeralda Rivera in November 2016. Last week, the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office secured a grand jury indictment including charges of felony Homicide by Vehicle (Reckless Driving) and misdemeanors Possession of a Controlled Substance and Racing on Highways against Nelson.</pre></div>
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG & Law Enforcement Academy Board to Review Policies & Procedures Regarding Officer-Involved Shootings ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG___Law_Enforcement_Academy_Board_to_Review_Policies___Procedures_Regarding_Officer_Involved_Shootings.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that as chair of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board, he appointed a subcommittee to review current policies and procedures utilized by New Mexico law enforcement agencies when they respond to and investigate officer-involved shootings and other use-of-force incidents. </pre></div>
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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LAST CHANCE: Attorney General Balderas Urges Struggling Homeowners to Take Advantage of Federal Program ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Urges_Struggling_Homeowners_to_Take_Advantage_of_Federal_Program.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, as part of Operation Holiday Home Protection, Attorney General Balderas urged homeowners who are struggling to meet their monthly mortgage payments to act quickly to take advantage of a federal program that can help keep them in their home and avoid foreclosure.</pre></div>
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Congratulates NM Law Enforcement on Successful Movember Results ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Congratulates_NM_Law_Enforcement_on_Successful_Movember_Results.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas congratulated New Mexico law enforcement on successful Movember results. Aside from some amazing mustaches, the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General Movember team came in third place for funds raised out of 11 teams in the New Mexico Public Safety Network. Total funds raised by the network was $5487.00 which will help raise awareness of critical men’s health issues such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer and suicide prevention.</pre></div>
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Files Suit in Massive Real Estate Contract Scheme; Issues Consumer Alert for Real Estate Contracts ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Files_Suit_in_Massive_Real_Estate_Contract_Scheme%3B_Issues_Consumer_Alert_for_Real_Estate_Contracts_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed a lawsuit against Jesus Cano for an alleged real estate contract and mortgage scheme involving potentially hundreds of victims and properties in Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia Counties. </pre></div>
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas & District Attorneys Meet to Discuss Funding Strategy & Improved Process for Prosecuting Officer-Involved Shootings in New Mexico; Vow to Work Together on Legislative Reforms ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas___District_Attorneys_Meet_to_Discuss_Funding_Strategy.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and a subcommittee of district attorneys jointly announced that they are working together to develop a procedure for handling the prosecution of officer-involved shooting cases in New Mexico. The group will continue to meet regularly to create a process for determining how these types of cases will be handled in the future.</pre></div>
Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Issues Consumer Alert for Families to Keep their Homes Safe this Holiday Season ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Issues_Consumer_Alert_for_Families_to_Keep_their_Homes_Safe_this_Holiday_Season.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a consumer advisory in conjunction with his Operation Holiday Home Protection to remind New Mexicans to keep their home and family safe during the holidays.</pre></div>
Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Portales Man Arrested for Attempting to Have Sex with 10-Year-Old Child ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Portales_Man_Arrested_for_Attempting_to_Have_Sex_with_10_Year_Old_Child.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Roosevelt County, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that on December 15, 2016, a Portales man was arrested by agents with the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General, the FBI, and the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office on three counts of attempted Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor.</pre></div>
Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Fights to Keep Serial Murderer Clifton Bloomfield in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Fights_to_Keep_Serial_Murderer_Clifton_Bloomfield_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas appeared before Judge Benjamin Chavez to argue to keep five-time convicted murderer Clifton Bloomfield in prison for the rest of his life. Bloomfield, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to murdering five people in New Mexico, filed a writ of habeas corpus to withdraw his guilty plea.</pre></div>
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Files Federal Lawsuit against California Ring Preying on New Mexicans Facing Foreclosure ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Files_Federal_Lawsuit_against_California_Ring_Preying_on_New_Mexicans_Facing_Foreclosure.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed a federal civil action against a group of individuals and businesses, located in California, who were taking advantage of New Mexicans facing foreclosure. The complaint alleges that the group violated state and federal consumer protection laws by sending deceptive mass mailings to over 4,400 New Mexico homeowners offering foreclosure relief and loan modification.</pre></div>
Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG: Albuquerque Man Convicted of Child Exploitation Involving Young Girls ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Albuquerque_Man_Convicted_of_Child_Exploitation_Involving_Young_Girls.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that late yesterday afternoon Jeffrey Morrill of Albuquerque was convicted of two counts of child exploitation by distribution and one count of child exploitation by possession. Graphic, sexual images of young girls ranging in age from six to ten were in Mr. Morrill’s possession at the time of his arrest. </pre></div>
Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Convicted Child Killer to Remain in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Convicted_Child_Killer_to_Remain_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Grants, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Jadrian Lucero will remain in prison following his conviction for the fatal abuse of his own daughter, who was just 47 days old at the time of her death. The New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the arguments of the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed Lucero’s conviction for intentional child abuse resulting in death.</pre></div>
Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Murder Indictment against Davon Lymon ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Murder_Indictment_against_Davon_Lymon_12232016.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney Hector Balderas announced that a Bernalillo County grand jury returned an indictment against Davon Lymon for first degree murder and seven other charges involving the death of Albuquerque Police Office Daniel Webster.</pre></div>
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas & Coalition of States & Municipalities Urge President-Elect Trump to Continue the EPA’s Clean Power Plan ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Climate_Change_Letter_to_President_Elect_Trump_with_signatures.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Dear President-Elect Trump:

Our states and local governments are on the front lines of climate change. We see firsthand the significant human and economic costs inflicted by unchecked carbon pollution: whether it is harms from severe drought in California, catastrophic storm surge in New York City, a record deluge on the Front Range in Colorado, routine high tide flooding in Hampton Roads, Virginia and in South Florida, or diminished shellfish harvest in Oregon and Washington state.</pre></div>

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG: New Year, New Number for Keep Your Home New Mexico, Operation Holiday Home Protection roll outs new toll free number ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Operation_Holiday_Home_Protection_rolls_out_new_toll_free_number.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – If you are facing foreclosure or finding it hard to make your mortgage payments, Keep Your Home New Mexico, a program run by the Office of the Attorney General may be able to help. Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the program has a new toll free number: 1-800-220-0350. By calling this number or by visiting www.keepyourhomenewmexico.org, New Mexicans can get assistance that may help keep them in their homes.</pre></div>
Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Project “OPEN” Opioid Prevention & Education Network ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Announces_Project_OPEN_Opioid_Prevention___Education_Network.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a new initiative by his office to combat the opioid abuse and addiction crisis in New Mexico. Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention & Education Network will kick off by hosting an Opioid Abuse Training in Albuquerque on January 11, 2017.</pre></div>
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Highlights Human Trafficking Awareness Efforts for National Human Trafficking Prevention Month ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Highlights_Human_Trafficking_Awareness_Efforts_for_National_Human_Trafficking_Prevention_Month.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – In accordance with National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced efforts to spread awareness of human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery. The Office of the Attorney General will host the 2017 New Mexico Human Trafficking Conference this month for law enforcement, first responders, prosecutors, victim advocates, medical staff, service providers and social workers. The conference will take place from 8am to 5pm on Tuesday, January 31st at the Albuquerque Marriott. In 2016, the Office of the Attorney General Human Trafficking Unit conducted 8 search warrants, 6 arrest warrants, 4 labor trafficking cases, 33 sex trafficking cases, 31 victim interviews, 8 operations, and 23 trainings and presentations.</pre></div>
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Statement in Response to EPA’s Refusal to Take Full Responsibility for Gold King Mine Spill ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Statement_in_Response_to_EPA_s_Refusal_to_Take_Full_Responsibility_for_Gold_King_Mine_Spill.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the EPA’s announcement that the agency will not take full responsibility for the Gold King Mine spill:

“New Mexico’s children, families and economy have already been devastated by the EPA’s horrific actions, and now the EPA is revictimizing our state and the Navajo Nation with its reckless refusal to take full responsibility for the toxic Gold King Mine spill. Our families and farmers rely on this water, and I will continue to aggressively pursue litigation to obtain justice for our culturally unique population and fragile economy.”</pre></div>

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Joins Coalition Defending Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Joins_Coalition_Defending_Federal_Consumer_Financial_Protection_Bureau.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that he and a group of 16 attorneys general filed a motion yesterday to intervene in a federal appeals case in order to defend the constitutionality of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The case – PHH Corporation, et al. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – is currently before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In an October 2016 ruling, a divided court found the structure of the CFPB unconstitutional. The CFPB filed a petition for rehearing of the decision, and that petition is currently pending before the court. To this point, the Obama administration had vigorously defended the CFPB in the appeal.</pre></div>
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Sues Takata & 15 Automakers over Dangerous Airbags ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Sues_Takata___15_Automakers_over_Dangerous_Airbags.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed a lawsuit this week against Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata and 15 automakers over dangerous and defective airbags that function as fragmentation grenades. Hundreds of thousands of which were installed in cars sold or offered for sale in the State of New Mexico. The lawsuit was filed in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and it names Takata, Honda, Ford, Toyota, BMW, Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Nissan, FCA, Volkswagen, Audi, Ferrari, General Motors, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz. Attorney General Balderas alleges that the parties knew about, and misrepresented, the existence and extent of the defective airbags, and tried to conceal the defect until the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Congress exposed the full extent of the defective airbags.</pre></div>
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas & 15 Attorneys General Stand up for Individual Freedoms, National Security & Condemn un-American Federal Executive Order ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas___15_Attorneys_General_Stand_up_for_Individual_Freedoms__National_Security___Condemn_un_American_Federal_Executive_Order.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>“As the chief legal officers for over 130 million Americans and foreign residents of our states, we condemn President Trump’s unconstitutional, unAmerican and unlawful Executive Order and will work together to ensure the federal government obeys the Constitution, respects our history as a nation of immigrants, and does not unlawfully target anyone because of their national origin or faith.</pre></div>
Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Day at the New Mexico State Capitol ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Announces_Treaty_of_Guadalupe_Hidalgo_Day_at_the_New_Mexico_State_Capitol.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, the New Mexico Land Grant Consejo, the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty Division of the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, the New Mexico Land Grant Council, and the University of New Mexico Land Grant Studies Program announced they are sponsoring the 169th commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo at noon on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the New Mexico State Capitol. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed on February 2, 1848 and officially ended the Mexican-American War. The treaty explicitly recognized the personal and property rights of Nuevo Mexicanos and Pueblo Indians brought under U.S. sovereignty. The treaty was incorporated into New Mexico’s State Constitution in 1912 and is part of the state’s legal and cultural heritage.</pre></div>
Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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A.G. Balderas Announces Consumer Protection Settlement with Western Union ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Consumer_Protection_Settlement_with_Western_Union_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced a settlement with Colorado-based The Western Union Company, resolving a multistate investigation which focused on complaints of consumers who used Western Union’s wire transfer service to send money to third parties involved in schemes to defraud consumers. In addition to New Mexico, 49 states and the District of Columbia participated in this settlement. </pre></div>
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: Russian Email Addresses Cloning New Mexico Officials Asking for W2s ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_Russian_Email_Addresses_Cloning_NM_Officials_Asking_for_W2s.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert concerning a dangerous phishing scam targeting schools and employers in New Mexico in an attempt to illegally obtain W2s. The scammers email from addresses that end in “.ru” but show up as the name of someone working in the school district or business in an attempt to trick staff into sending confidential tax information belonging to employees.</pre></div>
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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A.G. Balderas Endorses HB 75 to Limit Restraint &Seclusion in New Mexico Schools <br /> ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Endorses_HB_75_to_Limit_Restraint___Seclusion_in_New_Mexico_Schools.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – As a father and as the chief law enforcement officer in the State of New Mexico, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced this morning that he supports HB 75 to limit school restraint and seclusion in New Mexico schools. More than 1100 students were subjected to restraint at school during the 2015-16 school year in New Mexico, and students with disabilities account for 76% of all restraints and out-of-school suspensions in New Mexico public schools, while they comprise just 14% of the student body.</pre></div>
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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A.G. Balderas Joins Legal Battle Against President Trump’s Illegal Travel Ban ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_Legal_Battle_Against_President_Trump%E2%80%99s_Illegal_Travel_Ban_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM -Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and 14 other Attorneys General filed a brief opposing the federal executive order that bans travel by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and by refugees. The attorneys general filed their brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and argued in support of the temporary restraining order that blocks the unlawful order.</pre></div>
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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A.G. Balderas to Address NM Legislature for Law Enforcement Day ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_to_Address_NM_Legislature_for_Law_Enforcement_Day.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas will deliver a joint address to the New Mexico Legislature tomorrow for Law Enforcement Day, and will be joined by officers, prosecutors, victims and service providers from around the state. The topic of the Attorney General’s address is Law Enforcement in New Mexico: Coming Together to Prevent Crime in Our Communities. </pre></div>
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Applauds Ninth Circuit Court Ruling to Not Reinstate President Trump’s Illegal Travel Ban ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Applauds_9th_Circuit_Court_Ruling_to_Not_Reinstate_Illegal_Travel_Ban.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denial of the Trump Administration’s request to reinstate the illegal travel ban:</pre></div>
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Twice-Convicted Child Rapist Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Announces_Twice_Convicted_Child_Rapist_Sentenced_to_30_Years_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Gallup, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that Barion Ernesto Solorzano was sentenced in the 11th District Judicial Court to 30 years in prison by Judge Louis E. DePauli for unfathomable sexual offenses against children. In August of 2016, Solorzano plead guilty to one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree, two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the third degree, one count of sexual exploitation of children by production, and one count of sexual exploitation of children by manufacture. The defendant also had a prior conviction for attempted lewdness with a minor in Clark County, Nevada.</pre></div>
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas: Protect New Mexico Kids by Banning Conversion Therapy ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Protect_New_Mexico_Kids_by_Banning_Conversion_Therapy.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM- Ahead of the Senate Judiciary Committee convening this afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his support for SB 121, legislation that would ban the dangerous and extremely harmful practice of “conversion therapy” for minors in New Mexico. The so-called “therapy” involves the systematic shaming and humiliation of gender non-conforming children in order to instill self-hatred. This discredited practice is not based on medical science–it is based on prejudice. It has been rejected by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and other major medical and professional organizations.</pre></div>
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Brief in Support of Lawsuit Against President Trump’s Illegal Travel Ban ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Brief_in_Support_of_Lawsuit_Against_President_Trump%E2%80%99s_Illegal_Travel_Ban_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a brief in support of the State of New York’s lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on immigration in the Eastern District of New York. This follows briefs filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit supporting the Washington State lawsuit against the executive order and in the Eastern District of Virginia in support of Virginia’s lawsuit.</pre></div>
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Arrest of Cimarron Man for Child Pornography ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Arrest_of_Cimarron_Man_for_Child_Pornography.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Cimarron, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, deputies of the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office arrested Simon Garcia this week on charges of Sexual Exploitation of Children for the possession of child pornography. </pre></div>
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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New Scam Call Threatening IRS ‘Criminal Lawsuit’ Hits New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/New_Scam_Call_Threatening_IRS_%E2%80%98Criminal_Lawsuit%E2%80%99_Hits_New_Mexico_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert in response to a new scam hitting New Mexico that threatens a ‘criminal lawsuit’ by the IRS if the caller’s message is not returned. The digitized voice in the recording claims to be Officer Edward Jonathon calling from the legal department of the Internal Revenue Service and leaves a call back number along with his threats.</pre></div>
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Urges Education Secretary DeVos & Congressional Leaders to Maintain Federal Protections for Higher Education Students ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Urges_Education_Secretary_DeVos___Congressional_Leaders_to_Maintain_Federal_Protections_for_Higher_Education_Students.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined with attorneys general from ten states to send a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Congressional leaders expressing their continued support of recent federal protections for students in higher education and taxpayers.</pre></div>
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Sues California Lawyers for Scamming New Mexico Homeowners ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Sues_California_Lawyers_for_Scamming_New_Mexico_Homeowners.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>At least 23 New Mexico families victimized by the California scam ring

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed a lawsuit last night against a group of California lawyers who are scamming New Mexico homeowners out of tens of thousands of dollars in a mass joinder lawsuit scheme.</pre></div>

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT_Bahamas Grandkids Scam_Hitting New Mexico Senior Citizens ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_Bahamas_Grandkids_Scam_Hitting_New_Mexico_Senior_Citizens.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>83-year-old grandma and retired law enforcement officer alerts Attorney General to new version of this scam

Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a second Scam Alert this week, this one warning senior citizens to protect themselves against the “Bahamas Grandkids Scam” that is hitting New Mexico. </pre></div>

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Joins U.S. Supreme Court Brief to Crack Down on Unscrupulous Debt Buyers and Debt Collectors ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_U.S._Supreme_Court_Brief_to_Crack_Down_on_Unscrupulous_Debt_Collectors.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced this morning that New Mexico joined an amicus brief in the Henson v. Santander Consumer USA case which is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case involves the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act’s protections against abusive debt collection practices. The attorney general joined the brief in an effort to reign in unscrupulous, harassing and abusive debt collectors that harm New Mexico consumers.</pre></div>
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement Regarding Jeff Sessions ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Statement_Regarding_Jeff_Sessions.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

“As a chief law enforcement officer, I take testimony extremely seriously, whether it be in the courtroom or before the United States Senate. There were questions asked about conversations with Russia and that information was omitted by Attorney General Sessions during his testimony. Attorney General Sessions needs to promptly address the omission, and he needs to immediately appoint an independent prosecutor to fully review the Trump Administration and Trump campaign ties with Russia as the scope of the problem continues to grow. We must get to the truth on behalf of the American people.”</pre></div>

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files U.S. Supreme Court Brief in Transgender Rights Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Files_U.S._Supreme_Court_Brief_in_Transgender_Rights_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a brief with the United States Supreme Court last night in support of a transgender student – known as G.G. – who is suing the Gloucester County School Board for discrimination. Attorney General Balderas is asking the United States Supreme Court to recognize protections for transgender students under federal education law. Protections based on gender identity already exist in New Mexico law under our state’s Human Rights Act. The brief argues that discrimination on the basis of gender identity causes real and significant harm to both transgender people and the states themselves.</pre></div>
Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Kicks Off National Consumer Protection Week with the ABC’s of Consumer Protection ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Kicks_Off_National_Consumer_Protection_Week.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – The week of March 5, 2017 is National Consumer Protection Week. As part of his work to protect New Mexico families, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced “The ABC’s of Consumer Protection.” Every day this week, the Office of the Attorney General will be releasing information and tips to help consumers.

“Knowledge is power and this National Consumer Protection Week I am challenging New Mexicans to learn more about the laws that protect them from unfair business practices,” said Attorney General Balderas. “Being an informed consumer will help you protect your family and finances.”</pre></div>

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Transgender Rights Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Statement_on_Supreme_Court_Decision_in_Transgender_Rights_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released a statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the critical transgender rights case, Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. The Supreme Court’s decision is a consequence of the Trump Administration rescinding the civil rights guidance regarding transgender bathrooms that the Obama Administration had put in place.</pre></div>
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Releases Consumer Protection Borrowing Guidelines ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Releases_Consumer_Protection_Borrowing_Guidelines_B.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>In the ABC’s of Consumer Protection, “B” is for Borrowing.

Albuquerque, NM – On the second day of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas released consumer protection guidelines for successful borrowing for New Mexico families.

“Borrowing money is a part of everyday life and I want New Mexico families to make the most advantageous decisions for their finances and future success,” Attorney General Balderas said.</pre></div>

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Endorses HJR 1 to Protect and Empower New Mexico’s Most Vulnerable Children ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Endorses_HJR_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Ahead of an expected House floor vote today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his endorsement of HJR 1 to fund early childhood education in New Mexico. Leaders in the New Mexico Legislature have proposed a constitutional amendment that would tap New Mexico’s natural resource wealth to support early childhood education. If enacted, the amendment would set aside a portion of investment returns from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to be used for these critical programs. New Mexico ranks first in child poverty and early childhood programs are shown to buffer children from the negative effects of poverty.</pre></div>
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement on New Trump Immigration Executive Order ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Statement_on_New_Trump_Immigration_Executive_Order.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This afternoon, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s new executive order on immigration:

“After our continued legal challenges to President Trump’s illegal travel ban, the White House has removed many of the provisions we contested in litigation. This is a victory for the states,” said Attorney General Balderas. “My administration is currently reviewing the new executive order and will take any action necessary to protect New Mexicans, our economy, and our research and higher education institutions.”</pre></div>

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement on ACA Repeal Proposal ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Statement_on_ACA_Repeal_Proposal.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the Affordable Care Act repeal proposal:

“Hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans have health coverage today thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and this plan to repeal the Act’s essential features is reckless, irresponsible, and puts New Mexicans at an unacceptable health and safety risk,” said Attorney General Balderas. “This proposal would create a disastrous cost-shift that could bankrupt our already financially unstable state government.”</pre></div>

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Day 3 of Consumer Protection Week: Attorney General Balderas Releases Guidelines for Successful Charitable Giving ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Releases_Guidelines_for_Successful_Charitable_Giving.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>In the ABC’s of Consumer Protection, “C” is for charities.

Albuquerque, NM – On Day 3 of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas released tips for successful charitable giving. New Mexicans give $700 million annually to charities, and New Mexico alone has over 6,000 different charities operating within its borders. </pre></div>

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Consumer Protection Week Day 4: “D” is for Dealing with Debt ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Consumer_Protection_Week_Day_4_D_is_for_Dealing_with_Debt.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – On Day 4 of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas released guidelines for dealing with debt. Sometimes consumers find themselves in more debt than they can handle, but there are many options out there for New Mexicans.</pre></div>
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas: Save Money by Becoming Energy Efficient this Consumer Protection Week ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Save_Money_by_Becoming_Energy_Efficient.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>In the ABC’s of Consumer Protection, “E” is for Energy Efficiency.

Las Cruces, NM – On Day 5 of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas released tips on how New Mexicans can save money by becoming more energy efficient.</pre></div>

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: AG Balderas Warns Consumers about Top Scams Hitting New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Warns_Consumers_about_Top_Scams_Hitting_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>“F” is for Fraud this Consumer Protection Week.

Albuquerque, NM – On Day 6 of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Balderas issued a Scam Alert for the top scams hitting New Mexico consumers.

“During Consumer Protection Week, I’m urging New Mexicans to educate themselves about the most common scams hitting New Mexico households and how to spot them before it’s too late,” said Attorney General Balderas. “Never, ever give out your personal or financial information to someone who calls or emails you.”</pre></div>

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Releases Consumer Protection “Go-To Guide” for New Mexicans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Releases_Consumer_Protection_%E2%80%9CGo_To_Guide%E2%80%9D_for_New_Mexicans.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – On the last day of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas released a Consumer Protection “Go-To Guide” for New Mexicans. While this list of resources is not intended to be comprehensive, if you have questions about possible scams, making smart financial decisions or simply need help, this list is a quick reference guide for assistance. If you need help finding a specific resource, please call the Office of the Attorney General toll free at 1-844-255-9210.</pre></div>
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Brief in Support of Challenge to President’s New, Illegal Travel Ban ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Files_Brief_in_Support_of_Challenge_to_President%E2%80%99s_New__Illegal_Travel_Ban.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a brief today in support of Hawaii’s challenge to President Trump’s revised executive order restricting travel and refugee resettlement. The amicus brief, filed by 13 states and the District of Columbia, requests that the federal court hearing Hawaii’s lawsuit enter a nationwide injunction preventing the implementation and enforcement of the executive order that will go into effect on Thursday. The brief explains that despite the Trump Administration’s revision of its original executive order to remove obviously unconstitutional provisions, the new executive order remains an unconstitutional attempt to restrict travel from six predominately-Muslim countries and to suspend completely the nation’s refugee resettlement program.</pre></div>
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Statement on Victory against President Trump’s New, Illegal Travel Ban ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Statement_on_Victory_against_President_Trump%E2%80%99s_New__Illegal_Travel_Ban.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson to halt President Trump’s new, illegal travel plan:

“I am pleased that the judge agreed that this new executive order was enacted with a clear, discriminatory intent to act as a poorly-disguised Muslim ban, and that the ban would harm our universities and economy in New Mexico.”</pre></div>

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces $6.2 Million Recovered by the Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse Division, a Medicaid Fraud Control Unit ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Announces_%246.2_Million_Recovered_by_the_Medicaid_Fraud_and_Elder_Abuse_Division.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse Division, a Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, recovered over $6 million last year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General reports $6,205,203 in recoveries made by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General during federal fiscal year 2015-2016.</pre></div>
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Balderas: Unanimous U.S. Supreme Court Decision a Huge Victory for New Mexico Students with Disabilities ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Unanimous_US_Supreme_Court_Decision_a_Huge_Victory_for_N_M_Students_with_Disabilities.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – The United States Supreme Court unanimously agreed with New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, and attorneys general from Delaware and Massachusetts, when it issued its ruling today in the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District case by requiring public schools to provide higher standards for students with disabilities. The ruling reverses what had been the law in New Mexico, and now educational plans for students with disabilities must be designed so that students can make educational progress, rather than the barely more than minimal advancement that was permitted by previous law.</pre></div>
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Balderas: ABQ Man Convicted at Trial of Child Exploitation Involving Young Girls Sentenced Today ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_ABQ_Man_Convicted_at_Trial_of_Child_Exploitation_Involving_Young_Girls_Sentenced_Today.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Jeffrey Morrill of Albuquerque was sentenced to two years in prison and four years of supervised probation with lifetime sex offender registration after being convicted at trial of two counts of child exploitation by distribution and one count of child exploitation by possession. Graphic, sexual images of young girls ranging in age from six to ten were in Mr. Morrill’s possession at the time of his arrest. The defendant waived a jury trial and Second Judicial District Judge Zamora found Morrill guilty on the above mentioned counts in December 2016.</pre></div>
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Secures Additional $14.5 Million for Record Tobacco Settlement Payment of $50 Million for 2017 ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Secures_Additional_%2414.5_Million_for_Record_Tobacco_Settlement_Payment_of_%2450_Million_for_2017.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced New Mexico will receive the largest tobacco settlement payment in April 2017, a total payment in excess of $50 million. This is due to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) securing an additional $14.5 million after a judge agreed with the OAG that New Mexico was being shortchanged by Big Tobacco. The cigarette industry didn’t want to make the increased payments it owed to New Mexico, but could not identify any legal basis for stopping enforcement of a prior order obtained by the Office of the Attorney General for the extra $14.5 million. Late yesterday, First Judicial District Court Judge Ortiz agreed with the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General.
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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas & Coalition of Attorneys General Joint Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order Concerning the Clean Power Plan ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas___Coalition_of_Attorneys_General_Joint_Statement_on_President_Trump%E2%80%99s_Executive_Order_Concerning_the_Clean_Power_Plan.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and attorneys general of California, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, the chief legal officers of the cities of Boulder (CO), New York City, Philadelphia, and of Broward County (FL), and the City of South Miami (FL) issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s executive order that he described as paving the way to eliminating the Clean Power Plan rule: “We strongly oppose President Trump’s executive order that seeks to dismantle the Clean Power Plan. Addressing our country’s largest source of carbon pollution—existing fossil fuel-burning power plants—is both required under the Clean Air Act and essential to mitigating climate change’s growing harm to our public health, environments, and economies. We won’t hesitate to protect those we serve—including by aggressively opposing in court President Trump’s actions that ignore both the law and the critical importance of confronting the very real threat of climate change.” </pre></div>
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Launch of Conscious Campus Initiative; Partners with New Mexico Institutions of Higher Learning to Combat Sexual Assault and Promote Campus Safety ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Announces_Launch_of_Conscious_CampusInitiative.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Vegas, NM – In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the launch of his office’s statewide Conscious Campus initiative. The educational initiative aims to help college communities discuss the realities of sexual assault on campus, explore interventions, and benefit from community resources.</pre></div>
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Extradition of Roswell Man Accused of Murdering his Family ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Announces_Extradition_of_Roswell_Man_Accused_of_Murdering_his_Family.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Mexico City, Mexico – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Juan David Villegas was successfully extradited this afternoon and is on U.S. soil in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service. Attorney General Balderas used the extradition process for the return of this fugitive back to the United States, and as a result Juan David Villegas was captured and returned to stand trial for the deaths of his wife and four daughters in New Mexico. On June 12, 2016, it is alleged that former fugitive Juan David Villegas shot and killed his wife, Cynthia Villegas and shot and killed his four daughters: Yamilen Villegas; Cynthia Janeth Villegas; Abigayl (Abby) Villegas; and Idaleigh (Idaly) Villegas. After Villegas allegedly killed his wife and four daughters, he fled the United States for Mexico where he was apprehended by U.S. Marshals.</pre></div>
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Continues Fight against Trump’s Illegal Travel Ban ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Continues_Fight_against_Trump%E2%80%99s_Illegal_Travel_Ban.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined 16 fellow state attorneys general in continuing the fight against President Donald Trump’s unconstitutional travel ban by filing an amicus brief in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The brief urges the court to reject the Trump administration’s request to reinstate the travel ban while it appeals a decision from the U.S. District Court for Maryland finding that the President’s scaled-back second executive order still likely violates the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.</pre></div>
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas & Coalition of States & Municipalities Oppose Trump Administration’s Efforts to Stall Clean Power Plan Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas___Coalition_of_States___Municipalities_Oppose_Trump_Administration%E2%80%99s_Efforts_to_Stall_Clean_Power_Plan_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>lbuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas and a coalition of states and municipalities from across the country filed opposition to the Trump Administration’s request to delay court proceedings regarding the Clean Power Plan in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In November 2015, a coalition of states and localities including Attorney General Balderas intervened in defense of the Clean Power Plan, against legal challenges to the plan. The coalition argued that the plan is firmly founded in both science and the law, and built upon strategies states have used to successfully cut power plant emissions. The court heard oral argument en banc for a full day in late September 2016 and a decision is expected at any time.</pre></div>
Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Commemorates National Victims’ Rights Week ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Commemorates_National_Victims%E2%80%99_Rights_Week.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – In recognition of National Victims’ Rights Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas honors all New Mexicans who have been victims of crime, and in doing so, highlights the importance of the constitutional rights afforded to all crime victims in New Mexico.</pre></div>
Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Indictments on Taos County Sheriff’s Deputy for Medicaid Fraud, Falsification of Documents & Perjury ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Indictments_on_Taos_County_Sheriff%E2%80%99s_Deputy_for_Medicaid_Fraud__Falsification_of_Documents___Perjury.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Taos, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a Taos County grand jury returned indictments on Ricky Romero for one count of Medicaid Fraud, ten counts of Falsification of Documents and ten counts of Perjury. The Office of the Attorney General is focused on preparing the case for trial.</pre></div>
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans about ‘Can You Hear Me’ Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Warns_New_Mexicans_about_%E2%80%98Can_You_Hear_Me%E2%80%99_Scams.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert regarding ‘Can you hear me’ phone scams. Scammers attempt to get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim’s utility or credit card account. According to complaints the Office of the Attorney General and the FCC have received, the fraudulent callers impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person receiving the call, such as a mortgage lender or utility, to establish a legitimate reason for trying to reach the consumer.</pre></div>
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Statement on No Bail Constitutional Amendment ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Statement_on_No_Bail_Constitutional_Amendment.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This afternoon, the Office of the Attorney General issued the following statement from Communications Director James Hallinan in response to the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision regarding the No Bail Constitutional Amendment:</pre></div>
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Statement on Trump & DeVos Revocation of Student Loan Borrower Protections ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Statement_on_Trump___DeVos_Revocation_of_Student_Loan_Borrower_Protections.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas released a statement in response to an announcement by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to revoke guidance that would reform the student loan servicing industry to better protect and assist millions of student loan borrowers across the country.</pre></div>
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas: Former Corinthian College Students Eligible for Federal Student Loan Cancellation ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Former_Corinthian_College_Students_Eligible_for_Federal_Student_Loan_Cancellation.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas began reaching out to notify hundreds of New Mexico residents who attended schools operated by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. – including Everest Institute, Everest College, Everest University, Heald College, and Wyotech – that they are eligible for cancellation of their federal student loans used to attend those schools. If a student’s federal loan is cancelled, the student will make no more payments on the loan, and any payments already made will be refunded.</pre></div>
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas: Torrance County Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Manufacturing Child Pornography ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Torrance_County_Man_Sentenced_to_Nine_Years_in_Prison_for_Manufacturing_Child_Pornography.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Torrance County, NM – Today, Attorney General Balderas announced that Craig Huppertz of Torrance County was sentenced to nine years in prison and a term of parole between five to twenty years today. Huppertz was sentenced after being convicted of one count of sexual exploitation of child by manufacture. Graphic, sexual images of young children were in Huppertz’s possession at the time of his arrest. Huppertz will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.</pre></div>
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Continues to Fight Against TrumpMuslim Ban on Appeal ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Continues_to_Fight_Against_Trump_Muslim_Ban_on_Appeal.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Following their amicus brief opposing the Trump Administration’s request for a stay that would allow the second iteration of its Muslim ban to take effect, Attorney General Balderas has again joined a coalition of seventeen states filing a new amicus brief urging the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the district court ruling that struck down the ban as unconstitutional. The states’ brief explains the reasons that the district court’s decision should not be overturned on appeal, including the overwhelming and unrebutted evidenced of anti-Muslim animus and the significant harms that the ban would cause the states, their residents, and their institutions.</pre></div>
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Record $54.251 Million Tobacco Settlement Payment Received by New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Record_%2454.251_Million_Tobacco_Settlement_Payment_Received_by_New_Mexico_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that yesterday New Mexico received the largest tobacco settlement payment to date, a total payment of $54,251,491.01. In late March, the Balderas Administration announced there would be a record payment, in excess of $50 million, because the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) secured an additional $14.5 million after a judge agreed with the OAG that New Mexico was being shortchanged by Big Tobacco. The cigarette industry didn’t want to make the increased payments it owed to New Mexico, but could not identify any legal basis for stopping enforcement of a prior order obtained by the Office of the Attorney General for the extra $14.5 million. In late March, First Judicial District Court Judge Ortiz issued rulings requiring Big Tobacco to make full payment or risk contempt of court. </pre></div>
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Earth Day Update from Attorney General Balderas ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Earth_Day_Update_from_Attorney_General_Balderas.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – In celebration of Earth Day, Attorney General Hector Balderas reminds New Mexicans that the Office of the Attorney General Consumer and Environmental Protection Division is working hard to protect the health and safety of our families, economy and natural environment.</pre></div>
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Balderas Calls Out President Trump & Secretary DeVos for Turning their Backs on New Mexico Students ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Calls_Out_President_Trump___Secretary_DeVos_for_Turning_their_Backs_on_New_Mexico_Students.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter calling out the U.S. Department of Education for abdicating its responsibility to thousands of New Mexico student loan borrowers and their families by revoking critical reforms designed to help students avoid default and curtail loan servicer misconduct. The letter was sent today to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in opposition to the Department’s recent rollback of guidance intended to protect student loan borrowers and reform the student loan servicing industry.</pre></div>
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Launches Investigation of National Cattle Industry for Unfair & Anticompetitive Practices Harming New Mexico Consumers and Family Businesses ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Launches_Investigation_of_National_Cattle_Industry.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a multi-pronged investigation to review unfair and anticompetitive practices in the national cattle industry that harm New Mexican families, and our ranchers and cattle farmers– who are the backbone of New Mexico’s economy. Family-owned farms and ranches that have been in operation for generations are vital to the health of New Mexico, which is why Attorney General Balderas is extremely concerned about the possibility of those businesses being threatened, especially by harmful regulatory practices and corporate entities that have no meaningful ties to New Mexico and no interest in the well-being of New Mexicans.</pre></div>
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Sues President Trump and Department of Interior for Millions in Unpaid Oil & Gas Royalties ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Sues_President_Trump_and_Department_of_Interior_for_Millions_in_Unpaid_Oil___Gas_Royalties.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed suit against Donald Trump’s Department of Interior for blocking approximately $18 million in royalties a year that should be paid to states producing oil, gas and coal. Depending on the year, New Mexico could account for as much as 27% of these payments and could receive as much as $4.9 million in additional payments a year if President Trump’s administration hadn’t illegally rolled back a 2016 Department of Interior (DOI) rule on oil, gas, and coal valuation. Additionally, the federal government will lose roughly $60 million a year in additional royalties due to the President’s illegal action.</pre></div>
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Balderas Urges Congress to Oppose Rollback of Air Quality Standards ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Urges_Congress_to_Oppose_Rollback_of_Air_Quality_Standards.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 16 Attorneys General in urging Congress to reject the rollback of critical protective ozone air quality standards. In letters to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the coalition detailed its opposition to S. 263 / H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017, which would roll back the ozone rule promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2015 – marking a major step backwards in efforts to combat pollution and its negative impact on public health.</pre></div>
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Letter to Secretary of Interior Zinke re National Monuments in New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/May_8__2017_US_Secretary_of_Interior_Zinke.pdf

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Sues Trump to Properly Compensate State for Coal Extraction & Its Climate Change Impact on New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Sues_Trump_to_Properly_Compensate_State_for_Coal_Extraction___Its_Climate_Change_Impact_on_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas joined with the Attorneys General of California, Washington, and New York to file a challenge late yesterday in federal district court in Montana to the Trump Administration’s decision to resume federal coal leasing without completing the required environmental impact statement as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).</pre></div>
Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Calls for Independent Special Counsel Following President Trump’s Firing of FBI Director Comey ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Calls_for_Independent_Special_Counsel_Following_President_Trump%E2%80%99s_Firing_of_FBI_Director_Comey.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined 19 other attorneys general in calling for the immediate appointment of an independent special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election. The letter, sent to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, calls the firing of FBI Director James Comey during his ongoing investigation “a violation of the public trust.”</pre></div>
Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Calls for Federal Policy Change to Expand State’s Medicaid Fraud Authority to Address More Home Healthcare Abuse Cases ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Calls_for_Federal_Policy_Change_to_Expand_State%E2%80%99s_Medicaid_Fraud_Authority_to_Address_More_Home_Healthcare_Abuse_a.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – Yesterday, Attorney General Hector Balderas and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter urging the U.S. government to change its policy so that state attorneys general can use federal funds to investigate and prosecute a wider range of Medicaid abuse and neglect cases, including those that happen at home. Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides free or low-cost medical benefits to millions of Americans. More than 6.4 million people enrolled in the Medicaid program are age 65 or older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 10 persons age 65 and older who live at home will become a victim of abuse.</pre></div>
Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas brings Project OPEN Opioid Prevention & Education Network Training to Rio Arriba County ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Brings_Project_OPEN_Opioid_Prevention___Education_Network_Training_to_Rio_Arriba_County.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Española, NM – This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his initiative to combat the opioid abuse and addiction crisis in New Mexico will be coming to Rio Arriba County next week. Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention & Education Network will host an Opioid Abuse Training in Española on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. The training is free and will expose government officials, counselors, attorneys, policy advisors, investigators, healthcare professionals, consumer advocates, law enforcement and others to the impact and results of opioid abuse on New Mexico communities…</pre></div>
Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Takes Action to Protect Affordable Healthcare for New Mexicans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Takes_Action_to_Protect_Affordable_Healthcare_for_New_Mexicans.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today took legal action to challenge the Trump Administration and protect healthcare access for thousands of New Mexico families. Attorney General Balderas moved to intervene in a lawsuit filed by House Republicans that undercuts the affordability of health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). </pre></div>
Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces $205,000 Settlement with Target over Data Breach ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_%24205_000_Settlement_with_Target_over_Data_Breach.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Española, NM- Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that New Mexico reached a $205,163.99 settlement with Target. The settlement addresses the company’s 2013 data breach that affected more than 41 million payment card accounts and contact information for over 60 million customers. New Mexico joined 46 other states and the District of Columbia in an investigation that resulted in a total settlement of $18.5 million. </pre></div>
Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces $453,000 Settlement with Johnson & Johnson Concerning the Quality of Over-The-Counter Drugs ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_%24453_000_Settlement_with_Johnson___Johnson.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Drugs involved include Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph Aspirin, Sudafed, Pepcid, Mylanta, Rolaids, Zyrtec and Zyrtec Eye Drops.

Santa Fe, NM- This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that New Mexico will receive $453,474.16 from a settlement with Johnson & Johnson concerning their representations regarding the quality of over-the-counter drugs. Attorney General Balderas and 42 other attorneys general reached a $33 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and Johnson & Johnson (“Defendants”).</pre></div>

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Keeps Serial Murderer Clifton Bloomfield in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Keeps_Serial_Murderer_Clifton_Bloomfield_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – In December 2016, the office of Attorney General Hector Balderas appeared before Judge Benjamin Chavez to argue to keep five-time convicted murderer Clifton Bloomfield in prison for the rest of his life. Today, Attorney General Balderas announced that Judge Chavez agreed with the Office of the Attorney General by denying Bloomfield’s attempt to get out of prison.</pre></div>
Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General & HSD Warn about New Mexico Medicaid Program Phishing Scam ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General___HSD_Warn_about_New_Mexico_Medicaid_Program_Phishing_Scam.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Human Services Department Secretary Brent Earnest issued a joint Scam Alert to warn New Mexicans about a new scam that involves callers claiming to work for the New Mexico Medicaid program while phishing for personal and financial information. The solicitors are calling individuals several times a day and asking for their name, Social Security Number, and Medicaid number.</pre></div>
Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Joins “We are Still In” Coalition of Governors, AG’s, Mayors and Business & University Leaders to Maintain Commitments to Paris Climate Agreement ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_%E2%80%9CWe_are_Still_In%E2%80%9D_Coalition_of_Governors__AG%E2%80%99s__Mayors_and_Business___University_Leaders_to_Maintain_Commitments_to_Paris_Climate_Agreement.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Following President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Attorney General Balderas and 18 attorneys general have joined forces with governors, mayors, business leaders and universities across the country pledging to maintain their commitment to fighting climate change and abiding by the principles of the global agreement.</pre></div>
Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Suit against Major Discount Chain Dollar General ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Suit_against_Major_Discount_Chain_Dollar_General.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) filed a lawsuit last night against national discount retail chain Dollar General for false advertising, unfair trade practices, and environmental public nuisance for the sale of obsolete motor oil in New Mexico stores from 2010 until February of this year.</pre></div>
Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Hosts Annual Community Summit – “Protecting Tomorrow, Today” to Address Critical Issues Facing New Mexico’s Youth ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Hosts_Annual_Community_Summit___Protecting_Tomorrow__Today_to_Address_Critical_Issues_Facing_New_Mexico_s_Youth.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the 2017 Attorney General Community Summit, “Protecting Tomorrow, Today”, will focus on critical issues facing New Mexico youth. The summit will bring together experts from around New Mexico and the nation to tackle the toughest issues facing our kids today. The summit will offer free trainings to the public and breakout sessions for experts in various fields who work to make New Mexico a safer, healthier and more prosperous place. The summit will be held in Old Town at Hotel Albuquerque on Monday, June 12th.</pre></div>
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces $24 Million Settlement & Dismissal of Qui Tam Lawsuit in Pay-to-Play Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_%2424_Million_Settlement___Dismissal_of_Qui_Tam_Lawsuit_in_Pay_to_Play_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) secured two court rulings yesterday in the Vanderbilt Capital Advisers and Austin Capital Management pay-to-play cases. District Judge Louis McDonald approved the State’s proposed settlement and ordered the dismissal of Qui Tam Plaintiff Frank Foy’s lawsuits.</pre></div>
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas To Host Good Government Training in Estancia ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_To_Host_Good_Government_Training_in_Estancia.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General is conducting an educational workshop on “Sunshine Laws” in Estancia, New Mexico.</pre></div>
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Results of National Effort to Lock Up Child Predators ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Results_of_National_Effort_to_Lock_Up_Child_Predators.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Operation Broken Heart IV was a months-long coordinated statewide law enforcement sweep.

Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces around the country, including the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General ICAC Task Force, launched a two month operation in April called Operation Broken Heart IV.</pre></div>

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Conviction of David Rael for Possession & Distribution of Child Pornography ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_Conviction_of_David_Rael_for_Possession___Distribution_of_Child_Pornography.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that David Rael was convicted for possessing, distributing, and manufacturing child pornography. An investigation by the Office of the Attorney General and the Los Alamos Police Department revealed that Rael was in possession of several images and videos containing the sexual exploitation of children.</pre></div>
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Pediatrician Convicted for Possession of Child Pornography has Conviction Upheld ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Pediatrician_Convicted_for_Possession_of_Child_Pornography_has_Conviction_Upheld.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that pediatrician Juan Torres Santos, who was found guilty of one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children in October 2015, lost his appeal to the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Torres Santos was previously a licensed pediatrician in Pennsylvania and in Texas, and was working on his application for a medical license in New Mexico at the time of his arrest. Torres Santos appealed his conviction claiming there was not sufficient evidence he intentionally possessed child pornography and that the district court should not have allowed the Office of the Attorney General to show the jury evidence of the child pornography. The Court of Appeals agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division and upheld Torres Santos’ conviction. </pre></div>
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas & DA Torrez Announce 20 Year Sentence for Man Who Robbed Mother & Children at Gunpoint in Smith’s Parking Lot ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas___DA_Torrez_Announce_20_Year_Sentence_for_Man_Who_Robbed_Mother___Children_at_Gunpoint_in_Smith%E2%80%99s_Parking_Lot.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Second Judicial District Attorney Rául Torrez announced that Lloyd Aguilar was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison followed by 8 years of supervised probation for robbing a mother and her three children at gunpoint in a Smith’s parking lot on the Westside of Albuquerque. Aguilar was convicted by a Bernalillo County jury on March 17, 2017 after a weeklong trial. The case was jointly prosecuted by the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General and Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office.</pre></div>
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Statement Regarding Alta Vista Hospital OB/GYN Unit ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Statement_Regarding_Alta_Vista_Hospital_OBGYN_Unit.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Vegas, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding Alta Vista Hospital’s OB/GYN services:

“I am encouraged that women are one step closer to regaining access to the critical healthcare they deserve in northern New Mexico, and I urge Alta Vista Regional Hospital to work quickly to fully resume their OB/GYN services,” said Attorney General Balderas. “My office took immediate action upon learning of this public health crisis because northern New Mexico women should not be forced to drive hours just to receive the quality care they deserve.”</pre></div>

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas: Man Who Committed Double Murder in Clovis to Stay in Prison; Supreme Court Affirms Murder Convictions ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Man_Who_Committed_Double_Murder_in_Clovis_to_Stay_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Clovis, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Enrique Deleon will stay in prison for the double murder of Guadalupe Castaneda and Joe Valero that he committed while a five-year-old girl was in a nearby car. </pre></div>
Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Technology Grant Opportunity for Schools, Local Government Agencies ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Technology_Grant_Opportunity_for_Schools__Local_Government_Agencies.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the opening of a grant application period for the distribution of technology grants to New Mexico schools, colleges, universities, and local government agencies. </pre></div>
Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Teen Who Murdered 83-Year-Old Woman in Home Invasion will Stay Locked Up ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Teen_Who_Murdered_83_Year_Old_Woman_in_Home_Invasion_will_Stay_Locked_Up.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Hobbs, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division by upholding Juan Rivas’ convictions of first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.</pre></div>
Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas: Court Blocking President Trump’s Roll Back of Methane Rule Win for New Mexico Families ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Court_Blocking_President_Trump%E2%80%99s_Roll_Back_of_Methane_Rule_Win_for_New_Mexico_Families.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding the decision of a federal appeals court today to block President Trump’s decision to delay an EPA rule curbing methane emissions from new oil and gas operations:</pre></div>
Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Tiguex Park Double Murderer to Stay in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Tiguex_Park_Double_Murderer_to_Stay_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Supreme Court of New Mexico agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed Carlos Carrillo’s convictions for the 2011 murders of Christopher Kinney and Lyndsey Frost. The victims were found shot to death in their truck near Tiguex Park in Albuquerque. The Supreme Court affirmed the admission of testimony from an employee of Cricket showing a record of 83 cell phone calls between the defendant and Kinney in the hours before the shooting and evidence showing the location of every cell phone tower in Albuquerque. The Court also held that testimony regarding how cell towers operate and interact with cell signals to locate the origin of a cell phone call is scientific or technical evidence that requires expert testimony. Finally, the Court held that there was sufficient evidence to support the murder convictions.</pre></div>
Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Sues Secretary DeVos & Trump Administration’s Department of Education for Abandoning Student Protections ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Sues_Secretary_DeVos___Trump_Administration%E2%80%99s_Department_of_Education.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Lawsuit filed against Education Secretary DeVos for delaying rules that protect students and taxpayers from abuse by predatory for-profit schools. Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a coalition of 19 states in suing the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos for abandoning critical federal protections for students that were set to go into effect on July 1, 2017. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court…
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Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Balderas: President Trump Refusing to Follow the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Travel Ban ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_President_Trump_Refusing_to_Follow_the_Supreme_Court%E2%80%99s_Ruling_on_Travel_Ban.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, part of a coalition of sixteen Attorneys General, filed an amicus brief in the Hawaii travel ban litigation, supporting Hawaii’s pending motion for injunctive relief in federal district court.</pre></div>
Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Lawsuit Against Presbyterian Health Plan, Presbyterian Network, and Presbyterian Insurance Co. for Fraud ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Files_Lawsuit_Against_Presbyterian_Healthcare_Services___Presbyterian_Health_Plan.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has filed a lawsuit against Presbyterian Health Plan, Presbyterian Network, and Presbyterian Insurance Co. for fraud based on the systematic, deliberate underpayment of taxes on premiums received or written. The Office of the Attorney General’s complaint alleges that between 2001 and 2015, Presbyterian routinely filed false claims for premium tax deductions and credits, thereby defrauding the people of New Mexico and evading its legal duty to pay these taxes. The Presbyterian lawsuit is the first action brought by the Attorney General as part of his independent civil and criminal review, which is ongoing, and this lawsuit is limited to Presbyterian’s alleged false claims for reductions related to the Medicaid program.</pre></div>
Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Calls on Trump Administration & Secretary DeVos to Uphold Student Protections ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Calls_on_Trump_Administration___Secretary_DeVos_to_Uphold_Student_Protections.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>“President Trump and Secretary DeVos continue to turn their backs on hardworking New Mexico students and families, and as attorney general, I will continue to use all legal means necessary to fight back against their agenda that puts profits of big, out-of-state corporations over the financial well-being of New Mexico families,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. </pre></div>
Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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REFUND ALERT: AG Balderas Announces Hundreds of NM Students to Receive Refund Checks from DeVry University ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/REFUND_ALERT_AG_Balderas_Announces_Hundreds_of_NM_Students_to_Receive_Refund_Checks_from_DeVry_University.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that hundreds of New Mexico students will receive refund checks from DeVry University as part of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement over deceptive statements made by DeVry about their job prospects and earning potential after graduation. On July 5th, the FTC began mailing 173,000 refund checks worth more than $49 million to some students who attended the school between 2008 and 2015. The checks will expire 60 days after they are mailed so it is important for former students in New Mexico to watch the mail.</pre></div>
Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Sues Six Generic Drug-Makers for Putting Profits over New Mexico Patients ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Sues_Six_Generic_Drug_Makers_for_Putting_Profits_over_New_Mexico_Patients.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced that New Mexico has joined with four other states in filing a lawsuit in federal court alleging that six generic drug-makers entered into illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the United States for two generic drugs. </pre></div>
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas, AG Shapiro & 18 AGs Call on Secretary DeVos to Maintain Protections for Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas__AG_Shapiro___18_AGs_Call_on_Secretary_DeVos_to_Maintain_Protections_for_Survivors_of_Campus_Sexual_Assault.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>AG Balderas: “Secretary DeVos and the Trump Administration cannot continue to put students in danger by considering harmful rollbacks that will weaken fundamental protections afforded under Title IX. Violence on America’s campuses must be taken seriously.”

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas, Sheriff Gonzales, HSI & APD Announce Seven Arrests in Underage Human Trafficking Operation ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas__Sheriff_Gonzales__HSI___APD_Announce_Seven_Arrests_in_Underage_Human_Trafficking_Operation.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales, Homeland Security Investigations and the Albuquerque Police Department announced the successful result of a joint operation targeting commercial sex trafficking of minors in Albuquerque. Seven men were arrested this week in Albuquerque during the operation for soliciting sex with someone they believed to be a 15-year-old girl, who was actually an undercover BCSO deputy. The men all attempted to pay $40 to $200 to have sex with 15-year-old girls.</pre></div>
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Joins Lawsuit Against Trump EPA for Blocking Vital Rule to Protect First Responders & Local Communities from Chemical Accidents ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_Lawsuit_Against_Trump_EPA_for_Blocking_Vital_Rule_to_Protect_First_Responders___Local_Communities_from_Chemical_Accidents.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas, as part of a coalition of 11 state attorneys general, today filed a lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for illegally delaying a vital rule meant to protect communities, workers, and first responders from dangerous chemical accidents. The rule – the Accidental Release Prevention Requirements or the “Chemical Accident Safety Rule” – makes critical improvements to Congressionally-mandated protections against explosions, fires, poisonous gas releases, and other accidents at more than 12,000 facilities across the country that store and use toxic chemicals. In New Mexico, there are 95 facilities subject to the Risk Management Program according to the EPA.</pre></div>
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Unveils New Public Service Announcements Launching Statewide Medicaid Fraud and Facility Abuse & Neglect Detection ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Unveils_New_Public_Service_Announcements_Launching_Statewide_Medicaid_Fraud_and_Facility_Abuse___Neglect_Detection.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a new statewide Medicaid Fraud and Facility Abuse & Neglect Detection Initiative that will utilize a new proactive approach of identifying patterns of fraud. Attorney General Balderas will also be contacting state agencies and Medicaid providers regarding the new initiative and asking for the partnership of both the providers and agencies in the new initiative. The Attorney General is also reaching out to the community for information through the unveiling of two new public service announcements that will air in the Albuquerque and El Paso markets. </pre></div>
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Statement ahead of Interior Secretary Zinke’s Visit to New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Statement_ahead_of_Interior_Secretary_Zinke%E2%80%99s_Visit_to_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement ahead of Interior Secretary Zinke’s visit to New Mexico:

“New Mexicans and visitors alike value our monuments for reasons as varied as conservation and ecology, economic opportunity, culture, history, archaeology, and spirituality…
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Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Trump Transgender Ban Weakens National Security ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Trump_Transgender_Ban_Weakens_National_Security.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s ban on transgender service members:</pre></div>
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas & Coalition of Attorneys General Urge Congress to Protect Transgender Service Members ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas___Coalition_of_Attorneys_General_Urge_Congress_to_Protect_Transgender_Service_Members.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – In a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, Attorney General Hector Balderas and a coalition of 19 attorneys general expressed their opposition to the President’s ban on transgender people serving in the Armed Forces. The letter was joined by attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Washington D.C.</pre></div>
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas & Bipartisan Coalition Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Prevent Email Providers from Hiding Evidence of Crimes on Overseas Servers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas___Bipartisan_Coalition_Ask_U.S._Supreme_Court_to_Prevent_Email_Providers_from_Hiding_Evidence_of_Crimes_on_Overseas_Servers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a bipartisan coalition of 33 States and Puerto Rico to support the U.S. Department of Justice’s request in United States v. Microsoft, that the U.S. Supreme Court decide whether email service providers can shield evidence of a crime from law enforcement by storing data outside the United States.
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Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Sues President Trump’s EPA & Administrator Scott Pruitt for Stalling Action on Clean Air ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Sues_President_Trump%E2%80%99s_EPA___Administrator_Scott_Pruitt_for_Stalling_Action_on_Clean_Air.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas, part of a coalition of 16 state attorneys general, today filed a lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Administrator Scott Pruitt for illegally stalling the designation of areas impacted by unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone (known as smog) </pre></div>
Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Eddy County Murderer, Armed Robber to Stay in Prison after Supreme Court Upholds Conviction ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Eddy_County_Murderer__Armed_Robber_to_Stay_in_Prison_after_Supreme_Court_Upholds_Conviction.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Artesia, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed Senovio Mendoza’s first-degree murder and armed robbery convictions. In January 2012, Mendoza was smoking methamphetamine and then drove from his home in Carlsbad to Artesia with two other men to demand money from Timothy Wallace.</pre></div>
Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Warns Against President Trump’s Plan to End a Rule Allowing Nursing Home Residents to Sue for Mistreatment ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Warns_Against_President_Trump%E2%80%99s_Plan_to_End_a_Rule_Allowing_Nursing_Home_Residents_to_Sue_for_Mistreatment.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released a statement in response to President Trump’s plan to end a rule allowing nursing home residents to sue for abuse, neglect or sexual assault. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it will eliminate the rule that prohibits nursing homes that accept Medicare or Medicaid funds from including language in their contracts with residents stating that disputes must be settled by a third party instead of a court.

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Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Opposes EPA’s Illegal Proposed Delay of Rule Limiting Methane Emissions ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Opposes_EPA%E2%80%99s_Illegal_Proposed_Delay_of_Rule_Limiting_Methane_Emissions.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Joining a coalition of 14 attorneys general, the State of Colorado, and the City of Chicago, Attorney General Hector Balderas today submitted comments in opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed 27-month compliance delay of an important public health rule put forward during the Obama Administration. The methane new source rule now in place limits emissions of this powerful greenhouse gas by encouraging the use of emerging technology in leak monitoring and setting a fixed schedule for monitoring leaks at all well sites and compressor stations. The rule is expected to prevent 300,000 tons of methane emissions in 2020 and 510,000 tons of methane emissions in 2025. The controls required by the rule are also expected to reduce emissions of other pollutants, including volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants. The EPA analyzed the costs and benefits of the rule, including the revenues from recovered natural gas that would otherwise be vented, and determined that the rule would result in a net benefit estimated at $35 million in 2020 and $170 million in 2025.</pre></div>
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces $113,000 Nationwide Insurance Data Breach Settlement ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_%24113_000_Nationwide_Insurance_Data_Breach_Settlement.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that his office, along with the attorneys general of 32 States, have reached a settlement with the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiary, Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company (collectively “Nationwide”), concerning an October 2012 data breach. Over 10,000 New Mexicans were affected and New Mexico will be receiving $113,705.06 from the settlement. The data breach, which was alleged to have been caused by the failure to apply a critical security patch, resulted in the loss of personal information belonging to 1.27 million consumers, including their social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit scoring information, and other personal data. </pre></div>
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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192 New Mexicans Need to Cash Settlement Checks from the National Mortgage Settlement ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/192_New_Mexicans_Need_to_Cash_Settlement_Checks_from_the_National_Mortgage_Settlement.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that 192 New Mexico homeowners still need to cash their National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) checks, and that a letter was sent to them on July 28, 2017 from Rust Consulting, Inc. instructing them how to request a new check if they did not previously receive one. Checks must be cashed, or a new check must be requested, before August 25, 2017 or the funds will be transferred to the State of New Mexico. </pre></div>
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: AG Balderas Warns New Mexicansabout Mortgage Modification Scam ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Warns_New_Mexicans_about_Mortgage_Modification_Scam.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert regarding a new mortgage modification scam that seeks to steal money from struggling New Mexico homeowners. The callers claim to be with Nationstar and ask for money to be sent to an attorney in Florida promising a loan modification on the victim’s mortgage. The calls come from Ymax or Magic Jack phone numbers and can appear to come from any area code. The scammers are asking New Mexicans to wire money upwards of $1200, money that they may never get back.</pre></div>
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Statement on Virginia White Supremacy Crisis ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Statement_on_Virginia_White_Supremacy_Crisis.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the Virginia white supremacy crisis:

“The First Amendment should not be weaponized to terrorize Americans …
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Sat, 12 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Criminal Sexual Penetration & Child Exploitation Arrest Involving Several Child Victims in Tucumcari ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Criminal_Sexual_Penetration___Child_Exploitation_Arrest_Involving_Several_Child_Victims_in_Tucumcari.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Tucumcari, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a 29-year-old man was arrested this morning in Tucumcari by Office of the Attorney General special agents for multiple sex offenses in connection to the criminal sexual penetration and solicitation of several girls ranging from 14-17 years-old. Anthony Groomas was booked into the Quay County Detention Center on a $15,000 cash only bond this morning.</pre></div>
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Urges Congress to Fix Child Sex Trafficking Law ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Urges_Congress_to_Fix_Child_Sex_Trafficking_Law.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas joined 49 other state and territorial attorneys general in a bi-partisan coalition urging Congress to affirm that all law-enforcement agencies retain their traditional authority to fight sex trafficking. In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general ask representatives to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to clarify that states, localities and territories retain authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of child sex trafficking wherever they operate, including online. The simple word addition to the CDA proposed in this letter will help to ensure that citizens and children are effectively protected throughout the entire country, in all courts. </pre></div>
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans about Fraudulent Make-A-Wish Sweepstakes Scam ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_AG_Balderas_Warns_New_Mexicans_about_Fraudulent_Make_A_Wish_Sweepstakes_Scam.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert regarding callers posing as officers of a “Consumer Protection Agency,” who have been telling New Mexicans they’ve won hundreds of thousands of dollars in a sweepstakes…</pre></div>
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas’ Statement on Clovis Mass Shooting ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas__Statement_on_Clovis_Mass_Shooting.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Clovis, NM – This evening, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding the shooting in Clovis:

“New Mexico’s thoughts and prayers tonight are with the victims, their families, and the first responders on the ground,” said Attorney General Balderas. “The Office of the Attorney General has offered our assistance …
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Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Former MDC Guard Enock Arvizo Convicted of Assaulting Female Inmate ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Former_MDC_Guard_Enock_Arvizo_Convicted_of_Assaulting_Female_Inmate.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that former Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) guard Enock Arvizo was found guilty on two counts of assault against a female inmate in March of 2015. The Office of the Attorney General presented evidence against Arvizo proving he took a female inmate in his custody and control to an unoccupied floor…</pre></div>
Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Balderas & Becerra vs. Trump Federal Court Rules President’s Interior Department Broke the Law ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas___Becerra_vs._Trump_Federal_Court_Rules_President%E2%80%99s_Interior_Department_Broke_the_Law.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, a federal court agreed with New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra that President Trump’s Department of Interior broke the law earlier this year when it attempted to “delay” a rule that had already taken effect. The rule is extremely important to New Mexico schoolchildren because it would have calculated royalty payments on oil and gas leases on federal land in New Mexico in a manner that would bring significantly more money to the state. New Mexico, and all other states with federal land within their boundaries that is leased for oil and gas development, receive a portion of the royalties from the production. Under New Mexico law, royalty payments are spent entirely on public education.</pre></div>
Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas’ Statement on President Trump’s Decision to End DACA ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Statement_on_President_Trump_s_Decision_to_End_DACA.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Tonight, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to end DACA:

“With the decision to end DACA, President Trump is compromising the safety of…
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Sun, 03 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Coordinating with Other State AG’s toBuild Case for Dreamers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Coordinating_with_Other_State_AG%E2%80%99s_to_Build_Case_for_Dreamers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding President Trump and Attorney General Sessions’ decision on DACA:

“I am currently working with my fellow state attorneys general to build a strong case for our Dreamers because President Trump is compromising the safety of our communities and our nation, and he is putting the security of thousands of New Mexicans who contribute to our classrooms, public safety and economy at risk. Losing hundreds of thousands of hard-working Americans such as future police officers, members of the military, doctors and teachers will create an unacceptable public safety threat in the United States.”</pre></div>

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Lawsuit againstTrump to Protect Dreamers & Preserve DACA ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Files_Lawsuit_against_Trump_to_Protect_Dreamers___Preserve_DACA.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 16 Attorneys General in filing suit to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grantees in New Mexico and across the United States. The lawsuit, which was filed this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, details how the Trump Administration has violated the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution by discriminating against Dreamers of Mexican origin, who make up 78 percent of DACA recipients; violated Due Process rights; and harmed States’ residents, institutions, and economies.</pre></div>
Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Lawsuit_Against_Opioid_Manufacturers_and_Distributors.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that he has brought a lawsuit on behalf of the State of New Mexico against the country’s largest manufacturers and wholesale distributors of opioids, a crucial first step toward holding these companies responsible for flooding New Mexico’s communities with prescription opioids and fueling the opioid epidemic by putting profits over people</pre></div>
Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans of Massive Equifax Data Breach ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Warns_New_Mexicans_of_Massive_Equifax_Data_Breach.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following fraud alert regarding the massive Equifax data breach impacting up to 143 million Americans:</pre></div>
Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement Regarding the Passing of Senator Pete Domenici ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Statement_Regarding_the_Passing_of_Senator_Pete_Domenici.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding the passing of Senator Pete Domenici:</pre></div>
Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement Regarding Witness in Davon Lymon Murder Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Statement_Regarding_Witness_in_Davon_Lymon_Murder_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement regarding a witness being located in the Davon Lymon murder case:</pre></div>
Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: AG Balderas Warns of Equifax Security Breach Scam ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Warns_of_Equifax_Security_Breach_Scam.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert warning New Mexicans to protect themselves against callers attempting to use the recent security breach at Equifax to perpetrate a new kind of scam. The new scam involves callers pretending to represent Equifax and asking for personal and financial information over the phone. Equifax will not be calling anyone asking for their personal or financial information.</pre></div>
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Joins 37 States, Territories in Fight against Opioid Incentives ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Joins_37_States__Territories_in_Fight_against_Opioid_Incentives.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – As an expansion of Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention and Education Network, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 37 states and territories urging health insurance companies to examine financial incentives that contribute to the opioid epidemic in New Mexico. The bipartisan coalition announced today a two-step strategy intended to identify problematic policies and encourage reforms to spur increased use of non-opioid alternatives for treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain. Last week, Attorney General Balderas filed a lawsuit against the largest opioid manufacturers and distributors with the support of law enforcement and public officials from Española to Las Cruces.</pre></div>
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Balderas to Equifax: Disable Fee-Based Monitoring Services & Reimburse Fees for Security Freezes ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_to_Equifax_Disable_Fee_Based_Monitoring_Services___Reimburse_Fees_for_Security_Freezes.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he has written credit reporting firm Equifax to protest the firm’s policy of charging for some credit monitoring services after a security breach caused by the firm’s own mistakes. Joining with attorneys general from around the country in a letter to Equifax, the New Mexico Attorney General protested that charging for credit monitoring after the breach affecting 143 million people could be seen as profiting from the firm’s own mistakes.</pre></div>
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Joins New Supreme Court Brief Challenging Trump’s Illegal Travel Ban ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_New_Supreme_Court_Brief_Challenging_Trump%E2%80%99s_Illegal_Travel_Ban.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas, part of a coalition of 18 attorneys general, filed a new amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing President Trump’s travel ban. The brief was filed in related cases Trump v. IRAP (No. 16-1436) and Trump v. Hawaii (No. 16-1540), ahead of arguments scheduled for October 10th. In both cases…</pre></div>
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces former Doctor Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography of Infants ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_former_Doctor_Sentenced_for_Possessing_Child_Pornography_of_Infants.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Calvin Boyd was sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted of one count of sexual exploitation of children by manufacture and one count of sexual exploitation of children by possession. </pre></div>
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Former MDC Guard Convicted of Raping Female Inmate ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Former_MDC_Guard_Convicted_of_Raping_Female_Inmate.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Enock Arvizo was convicted of raping an inmate in his custody at District Court in Albuquerque in 2015 when he was a Metropolitan Detention Center guard.</pre></div>
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Grand Jury Indictment against Eli Kronenanker for Alleged 2013 Rape & Kidnapping of Rio Rancho Teen ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Grand_Jury_Indictment_against_Eli_Kronenanker_for_Alleged_2013_Rape___Kidnapping.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque. NM – This afternon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Eli Kronenanker was indicted by a grand jury in the 2013 alleged rape and kidnapping of a Rio Rancho teen.</pre></div>
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Statement Regarding Trump and DeVos Dangerous Title IX Rollbacks ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Statement_Regarding_Trump_and_DeVos_Dangerous_Title_IX_Rollbacks.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to President Trump and Secretary DeVos’ dangerous Title IX rollbacks:</pre></div>
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: Balderas Warns New Mexicans of Jury Duty Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_Balderas_Warns_New_Mexicans_of_Jury_Duty_Scams_.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert regarding scammers who are calling people in the Santa Fe-area threatening to jail or fine them $2,000 for failure to report to jury duty. The jury duty scam may be familiar to people in other parts of the state as the Office of the Attorney General has had previous reports from Bernalillo and Doña Ana Counties, but the scam appears to have resurfaced in the Santa Fe-area. Attorney General Balderas’ statewide Scam Alert was issued today to urge New Mexicans to be on guard for this scam and protect themselves from financial harm.</pre></div>
Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: Attorney General Balderas Warns Taos-Area Electric Customers of New Scam ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_Attorney_General_Balderas_Warns_Taos_Area_Electric_Customers_of_New_Scam.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Taos, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued his second Scam Alert in as many days for northern New Mexico. Today, the Attorney General is warning Taos-area electric customers of a new scam from callers pretending to represent Kit Carson Electric Co-op.</pre></div>
Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement on Las Vegas, Nevada Mass Shooting ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Statement_on_Las_Vegas__Nevada_Mass_Shooting.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada:</pre></div>
Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Calls on Congress to Make Drug Treatment More Affordable and Accessible ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Calls_on_Congress_to_Make_Drug_Treatment_More_Affordable_and_Accessible.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas, with a bipartisan coalition of 39 Attorneys General and the National Association of Attorneys General, called on Congress to pass legislation that changes federal law to make treatment for drug addiction more affordable and accessible for Americans who most need it. </pre></div>
Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: What’s Wrong with these Transactions? ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT__What%E2%80%99s_Wrong_with_these_Transactions.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to warn New Mexicans of new scams on Craigslist that have victimized Albuquerque-area residents…</pre></div>
Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Balderas Bernalillo Man to Stay in Prison for Brutal Murder ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas__Bernalillo_Man_to_Stay_in_Prison_for_Brutal_Murder.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Bernalillo, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Mark Romero, who brutally murdered Francisco Landovazo in July 2011, will remain in prison after the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division. </pre></div>
Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Urges New Mexicans Affected by Las Vegas Mass Shooting to Contact the AG’s Office ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Urges_New_Mexicans_Affected_by_Las_Vegas_Mass_Shooting_to_Contact_the_AG%E2%80%99s_Office.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas is urging all New Mexicans affected by the Las Vegas mass shooting to contact his office’s Victim Services Unit for assistance.</pre></div>
Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Resignation of Albuquerque Public School Board Member Analee Maestas ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Resignation_of_Albuquerque_Public_School_Board_Member_Analee_Maestas.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Analee Maestas resigned from her position with the Albuquerque Public School Board, effective immediately.</pre></div>
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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FACEBOOK SCAM ALERT: Balderas Warns New Mexicans of New Financial Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/FACEBOOK_SCAM_ALERT_Balderas_Warns_New_Mexicans_of_New_Financial_Scams.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to warn unsuspecting New Mexicans to beware sharing private personal or financial information over Facebook because a variety of scams are victimizing New Mexicans. As with all scams, prevention is the key to protecting your finances and personal information. </pre></div>
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas to Sue President Trump to Protect the Affordable Care Act for Vulnerable New Mexicans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_to_Sue_President_Trump_to_Protect_the_Affordable_Care_Act_for_Vulnerable_New_Mexicans.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Later today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and a coalition of 18 attorneys general will file a lawsuit in the Northern District of California against the Trump Administration’s abrupt decision to stop …</pre></div>
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Seeks Emergency Injunction to Compel Trump Administration to Pay Americans’ Insurance Plan Subsidies ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Seeks_Emergency_Injunction_to_Compel_Trump_Administration_to_Pay_Americans%E2%80%99_Insurance_Plan_Subsidies.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – In light of the Trump Administration’s abrupt refusal to make the October cost-sharing subsidy payments required by the Affordable Care Act, Attorney General Hector Balderas today filed a motion to compel the federal government to follow…</pre></div>
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas, DA D’Antonio, Sheriff Vigil & Mayor Miyagishima Bring Project OPEN Opioid Prevention & Education Network Training to Doña Ana County ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas__DA_D%E2%80%99Antonio__Sheriff_Vigil___Mayor_Miyagishima_Bring_Project_OPEN_Opioid_Prevention___Education_Network_Training_to_Do%C3%B1a_Ana_County.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio, Sheriff Enrique “Kiki” Vigil and Mayor Ken Miyagishima announced that the Attorney General’s Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention & Education Network will host an Opioid Abuse Training in Las Cruces on Friday, October 27, 2017. The training is free and will expose government officials, counselors, attorneys, policy advisors, investigators, healthcare professionals, consumer advocates, law enforcement and others to the impact and results of opioid abuse on New Mexico communities. It is intended to enhance the participants’ knowledge and understanding of opioid addiction and the countless issues involved, and to afford participants the opportunity to explore program materials and solutions to addressing the opioid epidemic.</pre></div>
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Reaches $1.31 Million Settlement with General Motors Company Over Defective Ignition Switch ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Reaches_%241.31_Million_Settlement_with_General_Motors_Company_Over_Defective_Ignition_Switch.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today a $1.31 million settlement with General Motors Company (“GM”) over allegations GM concealed safety issues related to ignition-switch-related defects in GM vehicles. The settlement, reached between the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia and General Motors Company concludes a multistate investigation into the auto manufacturer’s failure to timely disclose known safety defects associated with unintended key- rotation-related and/or ignition-switch-related issues in several models and model years of GM vehicles.</pre></div>
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces El Malpais Murderer to Stay in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_El_Malpais_Murderer_to_Stay_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Cibola County, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Bryce Franklin will stay in prison for the 2012 murder of Fernando Enriquez after the Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General and affirmed his convictions. The evidence at trial showed that Franklin and an associate brought Enriquez to El Malpais National Monument, where Franklin shot him and pushed his body into a collapsed lava tube. State Police discovered Enriquez’s body and charged Franklin with First Degree Murder. </pre></div>
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas, DA D’Antonio, Sheriff Vigil & Mayor Miyagishima Bring Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention & Education Network Training to Doña Ana County ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG__DA__Sheriff___Mayor_Bring_Project_OPEN_Opioid_Prevention___Education_Network_Training_to_Do%C3%B1a_Ana_County.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio, Sheriff Enrique “Kiki” Vigil and Mayor Ken Miyagishima announced that the Attorney General’s Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention & Education Network will host an Opioid Abuse Training in Las Cruces on Friday, October 27, 2017. The training is free…</pre></div>
Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG, LCPD, DASO & DA Announce Prescription Drug Take-Back Locations for Doña Ana County ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG__LCPD__DASO___DA_Announce_Prescription_Drug_Take_Back_Locations_for_Do%C3%B1a_Ana_County.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre> Las Cruces, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, Doña Ana County Sheriff Enrique “Kiki” Vigil and Third Judicial District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced their agencies’ partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for National Prescription Drug Tack-Back Day on Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm</pre></div>
Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Recovers Over $1.3 Million from Deutsche Bank for Manipulating Interest Rates ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Recovers_Over_%241.3_Million_from_Deutsche_Bank_for_Manipulating_Interest_Rates.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced $1,362,709 million settlement with Deutsche Bank for fraudulent conduct involving the manipulation of LIBOR. This is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a widespread impact on…</pre></div>
Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Statement on Court Blocking President Trump’s Military Transgender Ban ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Statement_on_Court_Blocking_President_Trump%E2%80%99s_Military_Transgender_Ban.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement: </pre></div>
Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces $18.5 Million Presbyterian Settlement ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_%2418.5_Million_Presbyterian_Settlement.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he has reached an $18.5 million settlement with Presbyterian Healthcare regarding the failure to pay Medicaid premium taxes by the corporation. The settlement exceeds the amount identified, $14.6 million, in the recently released Examination Resources audit by nearly four million dollars. The $18.5 million dollar recovery only settles the Attorney General’s lawsuit regarding the $14.6 million identified for Medicaid Premium taxes, the remainder of the $29 million identified in the Examination Resources audit is still subject to enforcement. This quick settlement will return critical funds owed to the State of New Mexico and greatly assist the state budget at a crucial time. </pre></div>
Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Expands Massive Generic Drug Price-Fixing Investigation & Lawsuit ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Expands_Massive_Generic_Drug_Price_Fixing_Investigation___Lawsuit.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas and 45 other state attorneys general taking part in a wide-ranging multistate antitrust investigation of the generic drug industry today asked a federal court for permission to file a new complaint in the states’ pending lawsuit that increases the number of generic drug manufacturer defendants in the suit from six to 18 and the number of drugs at issue in the litigation from two to 15. For the first time, the states are also suing senior executives at two generic drug companies who are alleged to have engaged in the illegal conduct.</pre></div>
Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Urges Congress to Evaluate “Bump Stocks” ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Urges_Congress_to_Evaluate_%E2%80%9CBump_Stocks%E2%80%9D.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Expressing extreme concern about the role “bump stocks” played in the recent Las Vegas, Nevada tragedy, Attorney General Hector Balderas late yesterday joined a bipartisan letter to Congressional leaders urging them to close a loophole in current federal gun laws. The bipartisan letter includes support from a broad group of attorneys general from U.S. states and territories. The letter notes that bump stock devices – a plastic or metal piece attached to a firearm’s stock designed to increase the ability to fire like a fully automatic weapon – may be used to evade the machinegun laws that are currently in place.</pre></div>
Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Joins Supreme Court Brief Defending Constitutionality of Anti-Discrimination Laws ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Joins_Supreme_Court_Brief_Defending_Constitutionality_of_Anti_Discrimination_Laws.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Arguing that a business owner’s personal beliefs do not give him a right to discriminate against customers, Attorney General Hector Balderas late yesterday joined a coalition of 20 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of Colorado’s public accommodations law.</pre></div>
Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Requests Public Comment on Proposed Default Rule for Administrative Rulemaking ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Requests_Public_Comment_on_Proposed_Default_Rule_for_Administrative_Rulemaking.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is inviting public comment on its proposed default rule on administrative rulemaking. During its 2017 regular session, the New Mexico Legislature adopted House Bill 58 (Laws 2017, Chapter 137), amending the State Rules…</pre></div>
Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Los Alamos Man Sentenced to 9 Years for Sexual Exploitation of Children ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Los_Alamos_Man_Sentenced_to_9_Years_for_Sexual_Exploitation_of_Children.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Los Alamos, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that David Rael was sentenced to nine years in prison for three counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Manufacture), one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Distribution), and one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession). Rael was found guilty at trial on June 14, 2017 before the Honorable Mary Marlowe Sommer in First Judicial District Court. Rael committed his crimes in 2013 in Los Alamos County.</pre></div>
Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Trains Mexican Prosecutors, Forensic Scientists & Investigators in Effort to Stop Crime from Crossing the Border ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Trains_Mexican_Prosecutors__Forensic_Scientists___Investigators_in_Effort_to_Stop_Crime_from_Crossing_the_Border_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas hosted a delegation of 21 prosecutors, forensic scientists and investigators from the states of Jalisco, Nuevo Leon, Nayarit, Tabasco and Quintana Roo for a week-long training on investigative and trial presentation skills</pre></div>
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Supreme Court Brief to Require Out-of-State & Online Retailers to Pay State & Local Taxes in New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Supreme_Court_Brief_to_Require_Out_of_State___Online_Retailers_to_Pay_State___Local_Taxes_in_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review and reconsider the Court’s outdated “physical presence” rule, which restricts states’ ability to collect certain taxes from out-of-state retailers. </pre></div>
Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Shuts Down Deceptive Veterans Charity ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Shuts_Down_Deceptive_Veterans_Charity.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a settlement between 27 states and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s dissolution. The states alleged thousands of deceptive solicitation violations against VietNow for misrepresenting its charitable programs to donors, including in New Mexico. The investigations of VietNow by Attorney General Balderas and other states led to the present negotiated resolution.</pre></div>
Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans about Common Online Holiday Shopping Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_AG_Balderas_Warns_New_Mexicans_about_Common_Online_Holiday_Shopping_Scams.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to
encourage online holiday shoppers to avoid common scams. The Attorney General is issuing tips
for avoiding online scams during this hectic time of year to help New Mexico shoppers stay alert
and protect their finances.
</pre></div>

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Urges Congress to Repeal Law that Supports Opioid Oversupply & Handcuffs the DEA ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Urges_Congress_to_Repeal_Law_that_Supports_Opioid_Oversupply___Handcuffs_the_DEA.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter late yesterday to congressional leaders, urging them to repeal a 2016 federal law so registered drug manufacturers and distributors who have willfully contributed to the nation’s oversupply of pain killers (opioids), can be held accountable. The “Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016” (P.L. 114-145) has severely limited the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) response to the opioid crisis. On average, over 500 New Mexicans die annually of a drug overdose, and approximately 70% of those deaths resulted from either opioid pain relievers or heroin. In more than a third of NM counties, over 80% of every 100 citizens has a prescription for opioids. </pre></div>
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas: New Mexicans Can Seek Compensation from $586 Million Western Union Settlement ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_New_Mexicans_Can_Seek_Compensation_from_%24586_Million_Western_Union_Settlement.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that New Mexicans who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union’s wire transfer service may now apply for compensation from a $586 million fund administered by the Department of Justice’s Victim Asset Recovery Program. This fund is related to a multi-state settlement with New Mexico and 49 other states, the District of Columbia and Western Union that was first announced in January. New Mexicans may be eligible to receive compensation if they were a victim of a fraud-induced transfer using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017.</pre></div>
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Senator Griego Convicted on Five Counts in Corruption Trial ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_Senator_Griego_Convicted_on_Five_Counts_in_Corruption_Trial.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a Santa Fe jury found former Senator Phil Griego guilty on five counts in the corruption trial prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General.</pre></div>
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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CONSUMER ADVISORY AG Balderas Issues Gift Card Advisory ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/CONSUMER_ADVISORY_AG_Balderas_Issues_Gift_Card_Advisory.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued tips for both givers and receivers of gift cards this holiday season, noting that the use and abuse of gift cards has continued to increase with the increase of online shopping.</pre></div>
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY SCAM ALERT: AG Balderas Warns New Mexico Shoppers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/BLACK_FRIDAY___CYBER_MONDAY_SCAM_ALERT_AG_Balderas_Warns_New_Mexico_Shoppers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – On the eve of Thanksgiving, and with Black Friday starting earlier and earlier, Attorney General Hector Balderas warns New Mexicans to protect themselves against scammers as they hit the Animas Valley Mall in Farmington, Albuquerque Uptown, plazas in Mesilla and Santa Fe, and shops across the state. Attorney General Balderas issued a Scam Alert regarding scams and deceptive advertising while shopping at stores or online sites this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.</pre></div>
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Opposes President Trump’s Proposal to Dramatically Increase Entrance Fees at National Parks ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Opposes_President_Trump%E2%80%99s_Proposal_to_Dramatically_Increase_Entrance_Fees_at_National_Parks.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Carlsbad, NM – Joining a bipartisan coalition of 11 attorneys general, Attorney General Hector Balderas today expressed his strong opposition to the National Park Service’s (NPS) proposal to dramatically increase entrance fees at 17 national parks. Under the proposal, the per vehicle entrance fee during the five-month peak season would increase to $70 from $25 or $30. Motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian entrance fees would also increase by double or more.</pre></div>
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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SAFETY ADVISORY: AG Searching for Victims in Albuquerque & Las Cruces in Child Exploitation Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SAFETY_ADVISORY_AG_Searching_for_Victims_in_Albuquerque___Las_Cruces_in_Child_Exploitation_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – In October, the Office of the Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Unit referred a cyber tip to Homeland Security Investigations (Las Cruces) and the Las Cruces Police Department that led to a search warrant at the residence of John Henry Bevel Jr. in Las Cruces. On October 24, John Henry Bevel Jr. was charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children and was taken into federal custody. Southern New Mexico authorities have identified nine victims so far in Las Cruces, and they believe there may be additional victims in Albuquerque, where Bevel Jr. lived prior to moving to Las Cruces. Anyone with information about children that may have been victimized by Bevel Jr. should immediately call the Office of the Attorney General at 505-717-3542 or La Pinion Sexual Assault Recovery Services at 575-524-3437.</pre></div>
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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GIVING TUESDAY ALERT: AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans to Avoid Charity Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/GIVING_TUESDAY_ALERT_AG_Balderas_Warns_New_Mexicans_to_Avoid_Charity_Scams.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Ahead of Giving Tuesday, Attorney General Balderas issued a Scam Alert today to help New Mexicans avoid becoming the victim of charity scams. </pre></div>
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Brief Opposing President Trump’s Contraceptive Coverage Roll Back ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Brief_Opposing_President_Trump%E2%80%99s_Contraceptive_Coverage_Roll_Back_w_brief.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief strongly opposing the Trump Administration’s decision to roll back a requirement under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for employers to include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans. The amicus brief supports the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s lawsuit challenging a new federal rule that would authorize virtually any employer with a religious or moral objection to contraception to block their employees, and their employees’ dependents, from receiving health insurance coverage for contraceptive care and services.</pre></div>
Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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New Tool Helps Residential Consumers Understand Transactions for Rooftop Solar Energy Systems ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/New_Tool_Helps_Residential_Consumers_Understand_Transactions_for_Rooftop_Solar_Energy_Systems.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – As a component of his consumer protection initiatives, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released a draft of a powerful tool aimed at helping New Mexico consumers better understand purchasing solar power systems for their homes: Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement.</pre></div>
Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Investigation of Wells Fargo for Illegal Scheme ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_Investigation_of_Wells_Fargo_for_Illegal_Scheme.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has been investigating Wells Fargo for over a year and will be making a demand for damages on behalf of thousands of New Mexicans who were victimized by an illegal scheme creating nearly 19,000 fake and unauthorized bank and credit card accounts. Wells Fargo is the largest, most powerful bank in New Mexico with 93 branches doing approximately $9 billion of business in the state. The Attorney General’s investigation focuses on potential violations of the New Mexico Unfair Practices Act. The focus of the litigation is to strengthen corporate stewardship and increase consumer protection. </pre></div>
Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General & State Police Apprehend Firearms Instructor Wanted on Money Laundering, Medicaid Fraud & Other Charges ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General___State_Police_Apprehend_Firearms_Instructor_Wanted_on_Money_Laundering__Medicaid_Fraud___Other_Charges.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas announced that their agencies arrested Edward Boysel on a warrant for failure to appear in a case brought by the Office of the Attorney General. After an investigation by New Mexico State Police Special Investigations Unit and the Office of the Attorney General Special Investigations Division…</pre></div>
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Extends Public Comment Period for Proposed Default Rule for Administrative Rulemaking ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Extends_Public_Comment_Period_for_Proposed_Default_Rule_for_Administrative_Rulemaking.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – The Office of the Attorney General is rescheduling the public hearing on its proposed default rule on administrative rulemaking until January 19, 2018 to ensure that it has provided the public with adequate time to comment on the rule. During its 2017 regular session, the New Mexico Legislature adopted House Bill 58 (Laws 2017, Chapter 137), amending the State Rules Act, NMSA 1978, Section 14-4-1 to -11, and mandating that the Attorney General adopt default rules for public rule hearings for use by agencies that have not adopted their own procedural rules consistent with the State Rules Act.</pre></div>
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas: Trump Lacks Legal Authority to Shrink National Monuments ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Trump_Lacks_Legal_Authority_to_Shrink_National_Monuments.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement after President Trump announced that he is decreasing the size of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante:</pre></div>
Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement Regarding Shooting in Aztec ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Statement_Regarding_Shooting_in_Aztec.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Aztec, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement this morning regarding the events in Aztec:</pre></div>
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces $57 Million Clean Energy Jobs Package As Part of Sagamore Wind Project ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_%2457_Million_Clean_Energy_Jobs_Package_As_Part_of_Sagamore_Wind_Project.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has reached an agreement with Southwestern Public Service Company, Western Resources Associates and Collation for Clean Affordable Energy on a $57 million jobs package as part of the Sagamore Wind Project. The agreement will foster and expand skilled construction and environmental job opportunities throughout the State. The jobs package that was agreed to and filed today will help to develop local, clean energy businesses and provide opportunities for New Mexico’s from New Mexico’s abundant renewable resources. </pre></div>
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces New Mexico to Join Legal Fight Against Illegal Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_New_Mexico_to_Join_Legal_Fight_Against_Illegal_Repeal_of_Net_Neutrality_Rules.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has joined other state attorneys general in announcing a multi-state lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission over its vote to rollback net neutrality protections.</pre></div>
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Joins 20 Attorneys General Urging Congress to Swiftly Pass Clean Dream Act to Protect Dreamers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_20_Attorneys_General_Urging_Congress_to_Swiftly_Pass_Clean_Dream_Act_to_Protect_Dreamers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>WASHINGTON, D.C—As the holiday district work period for Congress approaches, Attorney General Balderas joined 19 other Attorneys General on the statement released below urging Congress to pass the Dream Act before adjourning. </pre></div>
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas to Trump’s Transportation Secretary: Don’t Withdraw Rule Requiring Airlines to Disclose Baggage Fees Upfront ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_to_Trump%E2%80%99s_Transportation_Secretary_Don%E2%80%99t_Withdraw_Rule_Requiring_Airlines_to_Disclose_Baggage_Fees_Upfront.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 16 Attorneys General asking the Trump Administration to not withdraw a rule requiring airlines and third-party booking companies to disclose baggage fees and other charges upfront, making it easier for passengers to know the true cost of buying their airline tickets.</pre></div>
Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Charities Compliance Sweep in New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_Charities_Compliance_Sweep_in_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he is launching the New Mexico Charities Compliance Sweep. The Office of the Attorney General has started sending out notices to charities across the state that are delinquent in their registration and reporting requirements as required by the Charitable Solicitations Act. The sweep offers delinquent charities the opportunity to come into compliance without having to face formal legal action.</pre></div>
Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Adds New Defendants & Claims to Opioid Lawsuit ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Adds_New_Defendants___Claims_to_Opioid_Lawsuit.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the addition of new claims and three new defendants to his lawsuit against companies he alleges are responsible for the opioid epidemic in New Mexico. Following additional investigation, Balderas made the decision to amend New Mexico’s original complaint both to allege an industry-wide effort among manufacturers and distributors to unlawfully increase opioid sales in New Mexico, and to name additional defendants for their part in creating the epidemic. </pre></div>
Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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HOLIDAY ALERT: Attorney General Balderas Issues Warning to Consumers Regarding Lease-to-Own Schemes ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/HOLIDAY_ALERT_Attorney_General_Balderas_Issues_Warning_to_Consumers_Regarding_Lease_to_Own_Schemes.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a warning today to consumers who are planning to or have purchased a vehicle, major appliances, furniture, or other large items this holiday season. </pre></div>
Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Animas Valley Mall Murderer to Stay in Prison for Shooting of Vehicle with Children Inside ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Animas_Valley_Mall_Murderer_to_Stay_in_Prison_for_Shooting_of_Vehicle_with_Children_Inside.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Farmington, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division affirming Alejandro Ramirez’s murder, child abuse by endangerment and other convictions for a 2013 shooting in the parking lot of the Animas Valley Mall…</pre></div>
Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Launches New Ad Campaign to Combat Online Sexual Predators ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Launches_New_Ad_Campaign_to_Combat_Online_Sexual_Predators.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas launched a new ad campaign targeting New Mexico teenagers and parents with children under eighteen in an effort to combat sexual predators.</pre></div>
Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Second Animas Valley Mall Murderer to Stay in Prison for Shooting of Vehicle with Children Inside ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Second_Animas_Valley_Mall_Murderer_to_Stay_in_Prison_for_Shooting_of_Vehicle_with_Children_Inside.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Farmington, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division affirming Luis Ramon Ramirez’s murder, conspiracy to commit murder, child abuse and other convictions for a 2013 shooting in the parking lot of the Animas Valley Mall. </pre></div>
Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Announcement Regarding Western Mortgage Settlement ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Announcement_Regarding_Western_Mortgage_Settlement.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Clovis, NM – The New Mexico Office of Attorney General and Western Mortgage, a Clovis New Mexico business, have agreed to resolve a dispute regarding Western Mortgage’s past mortgage origination. </pre></div>
Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Releases the Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Releases_the_Distributed_Generation_Disclosure_Statement.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – In collaboration with the solar, energy and housing industries, consumer protection groups and regulators, Attorney General Hector Balderas released today the Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement. This form is designed in an easily understood and visually distinct manner to help consumers understand the important terms of a solar power system purchase, lease or power purchase agreement.</pre></div>
Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: Want to Lose Some Pounds in the New Year? Don’t Lose Your Hard-Earned Cash While Scammers Fatten Up Their Bank Accounts ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_Want_to_Lose_Some_Pounds_in_the_New_Year_Don%E2%80%99t_Lose_Your_Hard_Earned_Cash_While_Scammers_Fatten_Up_Their_Bank_Accounts.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – As 2018 begins, Attorney General Hector Balderas is warning consumers against weight loss scams targeting New Mexicans for their New Year’s resolutions. Scammers often take advantage of the fact that many New Mexicans make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight by advertising pills, regimes, diets, and exercise machines that promise miraculous and unrealistic results. Almost without exception, these promises are at best misleading, and at worst completely false.</pre></div>
Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas: Trump’s EPA Administrator Pruitt Should be Recused from Attempt to Repeal Clean Power Plan ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Trump%E2%80%99s_EPA_Administrator_Pruitt_Should_be_Recused_from_Attempt_to_Repeal_Clean_Power_Plan.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Joining a coalition of 19 states and municipalities, Attorney General Hector Balderas today submitted a 30-page comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on due process violations, lack of fairness, and ethical lapses that arise from Administrator Scott Pruitt’s involvement in the proposed rulemaking to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP is a strong, effective, and science-based policy that would significantly reduce carbon pollution from power plants, the country’s largest stationary source of climate-damaging pollution.</pre></div>
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Statement Regarding Court’s Decision to Block Trump from Ending DACA ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Statement_Regarding_Court%E2%80%99s_Decision_to_Block_Trump_from_Ending_DACA.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement regarding the Court’s decision to block President Trump from ending DACA:

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Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Sues to Stop Illegal Rollback of Net Neutrality ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Sues_to_Stop_Illegal_Rollback_of_Net_Neutrality.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government. </pre></div>
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Calls on Congress for Banking Legislation for Legalized Use of Marijuana ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Calls_on_Congress_for_Banking_Legislation_for_Legalized_Use_of_Marijuana.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general urging Congress to advance legislation allowing states with legalized medical or recreational marijuana (cannabis) to bring that commerce into the banking system. Banks and other depository institutions are currently hindered by federal law from providing financial services to marijuana businesses, even in states where those businesses are regulated.</pre></div>
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Lawsuits against Non-Compliant Charities ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Files_Lawsuits_against_Non_Compliant_Charities.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General filed the first of his lawsuits against charities across the state who have failed to come into compliance in their registration and reporting as required by the Charitable Solicitations Act. Today’s six lawsuits are the next step in the Charities Compliance Sweep which began in December of 2017. </pre></div>
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Issues Consumer Alert Regarding Recent Equifax Data Breach ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Issues_Consumer_Alert_Regarding_Recent_Equifax_Data_Breach.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Consumer Alert targeting New Mexico consumers who were affected by the recent Equifax data breach. The Attorney General is asking New Mexicans to contact the Office of the Attorney General if they have been a victim of the Equifax breach, and additionally, if they have received any correspondence from Equifax since the breach.</pre></div>
Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Man to Serve Two Years for Violating Probation for Extreme Cruelty to Animals ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_Man_to_Serve_Two_Years_for_Violating_Probation_for_Extreme_Cruelty_to_Animals.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Shaun Anaya, who was on probation for an Office of the Attorney General case and is a thirteen-time convicted felon, was found by Second Judicial District Judge Angela Jewell to have violated his probation for committing extreme cruelty to animals and possession of marijuana. The Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas asked Judge Jewell to impose the maximum penalty of 1,421 days in prison which included habitual enhancements. Anaya was sentenced to two years in the Department of Corrections for the violations.</pre></div>
Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Trump Loses Fight in Attempt to Dismantle the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Trump_Loses_Fight_in_Attempt_to_Dismantle_the_Consumer_Financial_Protection_Bureau.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the DC Circuit Court issued an opinion in PHH Corp. v. CFPB, holding that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s independent director may only be fired by the President for cause, and does not serve at will. This ruling adopts the position advocated by Attorney General Balderas in an amicus brief filed with the Court. As the Attorney General argued in this brief, Congress’s decision to establish the CFPB as an independent agency with a director who can only be removed for cause was a constitutional exercise of Congress’s power. Creating a strong and independent agency to protect consumers was an important part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s efforts to prevent the financial abuses and instability that led to the Great Recession of 2007-09.</pre></div>
Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans of IRS Tax Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Warns_New_Mexicans_of_IRS_Tax_Scams.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to warn New Mexicans about IRS tax scams. Last week, a new tax season started with the IRS accepting 2017 tax returns. Already, consumer advocates at the offices of Attorney General Hector Balderas have noted an uptick in the number of complaints about phony IRS agents who threaten consumers with…</pre></div>
Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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TAX ALERT AG Balderas Wants New Mexicans to Receive & Keep their IRS Refunds ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/TAX_ALERT_AG_Balderas_Wants_New_Mexicans_to_Receive___Keep_their_IRS_Refunds.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas is urging New Mexicans to be vigilant this tax season as they begin to prepare and file their federal and state taxes. Since many consumers will use the services of accounting and tax professionals this tax season, </pre></div>
Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Expands Investigation of UNM, Other Organizations ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Expands_Investigation_of_UNM__Other_Organizations.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement this afternoon:
“We will never tolerate a university culture that denies students their basic rights through illegal discrimination or retaliation against those who report sexual misconduct…. </pre></div>

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Clovis Murderer of 10-Year-Old Boy to Remain in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Clovis_Murderer_of_10_Year_Old_Boy_to_Remain_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Clovis, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that yesterday the New Mexico
Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General and affirmed Noe Torres’
convictions for the first-degree murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez and the attempted murder of
17-year-old Ruben Perez. In September of 2005, Noe Torres and one of his co-conspirators,
Edward Salas, drove to the Perez residence after Edward’s brother had an altercation with Ruben
Perez at their high school. Nine shots were fired into a bedroom window, from two to three feet
away, killing Ruben’s younger brother Carlos. Torres then absconded to Mexico where he
remained for six years until he was arrested and brought to trial in New Mexico after the Office
of the Attorney General successfully extradited him.</pre></div>

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Hector Balderas Joins Bipartisan Coalition Urging Congress to Help Protect Employees from Sexual Harassment ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Hector_Balderas_Joins_Bipartisan_Coalition_Urging_Congress_to_Help_Protect_Employees_from_Sexual_Harassment.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a bipartisan coalition of 56 states and territories today urging Congress to end secret, forced arbitration in cases of workplace sexual harassment. Too often employees are required to sign employment contracts containing arbitration agreements mandating that sexual harassment claims be resolved through private arbitration instead of the judicial process. The secrecy surrounding these proceedings can protect serial violators and provide inadequate relief to victims.</pre></div>
Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Applauds Federal Judge’s Order Blocking President Trump’s Illegal DACA Repeal ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Applauds_Federal_Judge_s_Order_Blocking_President_Trump_s_Illegal_DACA_Repeal.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas applauded Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis’ decision to issue an injunction that orders the Trump Administration to continue accepting renewal applications under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This injunction was issued as part of the ongoing litigation against the administration’s decision to rescind the program by Attorney General Balderas and 15 other state attorneys general.</pre></div>
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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NM Attorney General Balderas & NM Environment Department Secretary Tongate Statement Regarding Lawsuits against Gold King Mine Contractor Ruling ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/NM_Attorney_General_Balderas___NM_Environment_Department_Secretary_Tongate_Statement_Regarding_Lawsuits.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Farmington, NM – This afternoon, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Butch Tongate released a joint statement regarding a federal judge’s ruling that lawsuits filed by New Mexico and the Navajo Nation against a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractor will proceed:</pre></div>
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Roswell Murderer to Stay in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Roswell_Murderer_to_Stay_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Roswell, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed the convictions of Steven Lee Lucero for the 2014 brutal murder of Isaiah Sanchez in Roswell…</pre></div>
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Issues Cease & Desist Notice to Company for Illegal Mortgage Practices ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Issues_Cease___Desist_Notice_to_Company_for_Illegal_Mortgage_Practices.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Division issued a Notice to Cease and Desist to Capital Home Advocacy Center and National Advocacy Group. </pre></div>
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas: Artesia Man Who Murdered His Girlfriend to Stay in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Artesia_Man_Who_Murdered_His_Girlfriend_to_Stay_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Carlsbad, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Court of Appeals agreed with the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed the conviction and sentence of Dallas Hnulik for the 2010 murder of his girlfriend, Brandy Capps….</pre></div>
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas & Bipartisan Coalition of Attorneys General Urge Congress to Pass the CLOUD Act ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas___Bipartisan_Coalition_of_Attorneys_General_Urge_Congress_to_Pass_the_CLOUD_Act.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – In a bipartisan letter signed by Attorney General Hector Balderas and the attorneys general of 35 other states, the National Association of Attorneys General today urged Congress to pass the Clarify Lawful Overseas Use of Data (“CLOUD”) Act. The CLOUD Act would update and amend several provisions of the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”).</pre></div>
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Announces Four Corners Woman Accused of Murder & Robbery May Face Life in Prison without Parole if Convicted ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Announces_Four_Corners_Woman_Accused_of_Murder___Robbery_May_Face_Life_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Aztec, NM- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division and denied the appeal of Shanah Chadwick-McNally in her first-degree murder case for…</pre></div>
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas & Coalition of 23 AGs Commence Lawsuit to Block Illegal Rollback of Net Neutrality ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas___Coalition_of_23_AGs_Commence_Lawsuit_to_Block_Illegal_Rollback_of_Net_Neutrality.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas and a coalition of 23 attorneys general filed a petition today to formally commence their lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. </pre></div>
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Court Ruling Forcing President Trump and Secretary Zinke to Enforce BLM Methane Rule ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Court_Ruling_Forcing_President_Trump_and_Secretary_Zinke_to_Enforce_BLM_Methane_Rule.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today to that he and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra secured a preliminary injunction against President Trump and Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke…</pre></div>
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Balderas to DeVos: Reject Accreditor That Allowed Predatory Schools to Cheat New Mexicans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_to_DeVos_Reject_Accreditor_That_Allowed_Predatory_Schools_to_Cheat_New_Mexicans.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined 20 attorneys general in opposing an application by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to regain its status as a nationally-recognized accreditor, noting the accreditor’s “extreme and far-reaching oversight failures” and the serious harm it caused students and…</pre></div>
Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Kicks Off National Consumer Protection Week; Offers Free Consumer Workshop ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Kicks_Off_National_Consumer_Protection_Week%3B_Offers_Free_Consumer_Workshop.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Looking to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft, and scams? Maybe you’re wondering about the best way to use credit, how to shop for a used car, or maximize your security online. The week, Attorney General Hector Balderas wants New Mexicans to get the FACTS during National Consumer Protection Week, and every day will release new consumer protection information. </pre></div>
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Consumer Protection Week FACTS: “F” is for Finances ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Consumer_Protection_Week_FACTS_%E2%80%9CF%E2%80%9D_is_for_Finances.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – During National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas urges New Mexico consumers to get the FACTS about their finances. The New Mexico Office of Attorney General receives frequent complaints of finance-related problems—that is, problems with debt collectors, banks and credit unions, and also the payment of loans, including student loans and mortgages.</pre></div>
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Calls on Trump’s Education Secretary DeVos to Reject Toothless Student Borrower Defense Proposal ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Calls_on_Trump%E2%80%99s_Education_Secretary_DeVos_to_Reject_Toothless_Student_Borrower_Defense_Proposal.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Joining a coalition of 20 attorneys general, Attorney General Hector Balderas today submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education (Department) criticizing proposals that the Department offered during its recent rulemaking sessions to redraft regulations on borrower defense and financial…</pre></div>
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Man who Killed & Raped His 28-Day-Old Baby Stays in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Man_who_Killed___Raped_His_28_Day_Old_Baby_Stays_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General and affirmed the convictions of Juan Galindo for the horrific rape and death of his 1-month-old daughter in 2011. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the South Valley home to find the bludgeoned, deceased infant wrapped tightly in a blood-soaked blanket. In 2015, Galindo was found guilty of child abuse resulting in death, two counts of child rape, and one charge of child abuse for putting his 13-year-old daughter in danger.</pre></div>
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Statement Regarding Supreme Court Ruling on San Juan Generating Station ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Statement_Regarding_Supreme_Court_Ruling_on_San_Juan_Generating_Station.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling on the San Juan Generating Station:</pre></div>
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Balderas: Convicted Sex Offender Goes Back to Jail for Violating Probation ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Convicted_Sex_Offender_Goes_Back_to_Jail_for_Violating_Probation.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Robert Marrujo, who pleaded guilty in 2017 to child solicitation by electronic device, is going back to jail for six months after violating his probation. In March 2015, Marrujo attempted to have sex with what he thought was an underage girl. After serving a year sentence, Marrujo never showed up to Probation and Parole, thus violating his probation before it even started. Today, the Office of the Attorney General asked the judge to sentence Marrujo to 500 days in jail for the violation. The court sentenced Marrujo to 180 days in the Metropolitan Detention Center.</pre></div>
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Consumer Protection Week FACTS: “A” is for Awareness for Military Families and Veterans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Consumer_Protection_Week_FACTS_%E2%80%9CA%E2%80%9D_is_for_Awareness_for_Military_Families_and_Veterans.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas wants New Mexico’s Active Duty
Military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists and veterans to get the FACTS during
National Consumer Protection Week regarding identity theft. Awareness regarding identity theft
is crucial because it is one the top complaints from military consumers in New Mexico.</pre></div>

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas & 54 Attorneys General Call on Congress to Pass Legislation to Help Child Pornography Survivors Receive Restitution ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas___54_Attorneys_General_Call_on_Congress_to_Pass_Legislation_to_Help_Child_Pornography_Survivors_Receive_Restitution.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and a bipartisan group of 54 state and territorial attorneys general called on congressional leaders to pass legislation supporting victims of child pornography. The bipartisan bill, the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act of 2017…</pre></div>
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Consumer Protection Weeks FACTS “C” is for Cars ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Consumer_Protection_Weeks_FACTS_%E2%80%9CC%E2%80%9D_is_for_Cars.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas wants New Mexicans to get the FACTS when it comes to Cars. Purchasing a car is the largest purchase many New Mexicans undertake, so it’s crucial that consumers make informed decisions during their car shopping process…</pre></div>
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Opposes Trump Administration’s Attempt to Sabotage the Affordable Care Act ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Opposes_Trump_Administration%E2%80%99s_Attempt_to_Sabotage_the_Affordable_Care_Act.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas, part of a coalition of 17 Attorneys General, filed comments late yesterday opposing the Trump Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule,…</pre></div>
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Consumer Protection Week FACTS “T” is for Tools for Avoiding Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Consumer_Protection_Week_FACTS__%E2%80%9CT%E2%80%9D_is_for_Tools_for_Avoiding_Scams.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – During National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas urges New Mexico consumers to get the FACTS and have the Tools they need to help combat scams….</pre></div>
Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Sues Massive Solar Company for Defrauding New Mexicans & Jeopardizing Their Home Ownership ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Sues_Massive_Solar_Company_for_Defrauding_New_Mexicans___Jeopardizing_Their_Home_Ownership.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he filed a lawsuit against Vivint Solar, Inc. and related companies (“Vivint”). Attorney General Balderas’ lawsuit claims Vivint was engaging in unfair and unconscionable business practices including clouding titles to consumers’ homes, fraud and racketeering in connection with…</pre></div>
Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Succeeds in Keeping Albuquerque Murderer & Armed Robber in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Succeeds_in_Keeping_Albuquerque_Murderer___Armed_Robber_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced this morning that Manuel Gardner, who in 2013 robbed a jewelry store on Coors Blvd. and murdered a single father working at the store in the process, will stay in prison. The Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General and affirmed Gardner’s convictions of first-degree murder and armed robbery. Surveillance cameras caught the crimes on video. Witnesses stated Gardner made off with $1,800 and spent it on heroin.</pre></div>
Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Court of Appeals Agrees with AG Balderas’ Nehemiah Griego Appeal ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Court_of_Appeals_Agrees_with_AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Nehemiah_Griego_Appeal.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today the New Mexico Court of Appeals agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s appeal and reversed the district court’s 2016 determination…</pre></div>
Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Consumer Protection Week FACTS: Hundreds of New Mexicans Helped & “S” is for Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Consumer_Protection_Week_FACTS_Hundreds_of_New_Mexicans_Helped___%E2%80%9CS%E2%80%9D_is_for_Scams_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – During the past week, the Office of Attorney General has helped more than 300 different people with problems involving scams, consumer complaints against businesses, and constituent problems with government agencies</pre></div>
Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Teen Who Brutally Raped His Young Stepsister for Years Will Stay in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Teen_Who_Brutally_Raped_His_Young_Stepsister_for_Years_Will_Stay_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Hobbs, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that yesterday the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s arguments and affirmed the sentence of Joel Ira. Two decades ago, the then fifteen-year-old Joel Ira committed a series of brutal rapes stretching over the course of two years against his younger stepsister who lived in his household.</pre></div>
Sat, 10 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Joins Coalition in Defending Anti-Discrimination Laws to Protect LGBTQ Americans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_Coalition_in_Defending_Anti_Discrimination_Laws_to_Protect_LGBTQ_Americans.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a coalition of attorneys general in filing an amicus brief defending the constitutionality of Minnesota’s anti-discrimination law. The brief was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in the case of Telescope Media Group v. Lindsey. The case was brought by the owners of a videography service who do not want to offer their wedding-related services to same-sex couples as required under the Minnesota public accommodations law. They are challenging the law, claiming it violates their freedom of speech and free exercise of religion.</pre></div>
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Tucumcari Man Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration, Child Exploitation & Tampering with Evidence ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Tucumcari_Man_Pleads_Guilty_to_Two_Counts_of_Criminal_Sexual_Penetration.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Tucumcari, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a 30-year-old man pleaded guilty to multiple sex offenses in connection to the criminal sexual penetration and exploitation of several girls ranging from 14-15 years-old.</pre></div>
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Statement Regarding Nehemiah Griego’s Detention at MDC ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Statement_Regarding_Nehemiah_Griego%E2%80%99s_Detention_at_MDC.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM- This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding Nehemiah Griego’s detention at the Metropolitan Detention Center:</pre></div>
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Urges Congress to Reject Legislation Blocking State Oversight of Student Loan Industry ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Urges_Congress_to_Reject_Legislation_Blocking_State_Oversight_of_Student_Loan_Industry.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a bipartisan coalition of 30
attorneys general in a letter urging Congress to reject legislation that would block states from
preventing and combatting fraud and abuse by the student loan industry.</pre></div>

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Start of White Peak Trial to Defend New Mexicans’ Access to Public Lands ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Start_of_White_Peak_Trial_to_Defend_New_Mexicans%E2%80%99_Access_to_Public_Lands.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Taos, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General will begin a major trial against a wealthy Texas landowner’s illegal attempts to bar New Mexicans from treasured public lands. The trial begins Monday in front of Judge Sarah Backus in Taos County over the public’s right to use historic roads that provide access to White Peak in Colfax and Mora counties. The Office of Attorney General Balderas will demonstrate that there are several major public roads that have been used for over a century to access the area. The Attorney General is fighting against a private landowner’s attempt to deny New Mexicans access to roads that are protected by state and federal law. </pre></div>
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Urges Congress to Preserve New Mexico’s Authority to Enforce Data Breach & Data Security Laws ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Urges_Congress_to_Preserve_New_Mexico%E2%80%99s_Authority_to_Enforce_Data_Breach___Data_Security_Laws.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a coalition of 31 states and the District of Columbia urging Congress not to preempt state data breach and data security laws, including laws that require notice to consumers and state attorneys general of data breaches.</pre></div>
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Responds to Trump’s Empty Opioid Talk; Announces Project OPEN Coming to San Miguel County ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Responds_to_Trump_s_Empty_Opioid_Talk%3B_Announces_Project_OPEN_Coming_to_San_Miguel_County.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Vegas, NM – This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his initiative to combat the opioid abuse and addiction crisis in New Mexico will be coming to San Miguel County in April. </pre></div>
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Issues Consumer Safety Advisory Regarding New Mexico Facebook User Data ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Issues_Consumer_Safety_Advisory_Regarding_New_Mexico_Facebook_User_Data.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas, as New Mexico’s chief law enforcement officer, has issued a Consumer Safety Advisory intended to protect all users of Facebook in the aftermath of the revelation that Facebook gave away the personal information of some 50 million subscribers to a political campaign. </pre></div>
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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CONSUMER ALERT Balderas Urges New Mexicans to Use Toys R Us & Babies R Us Gift Cards & Credits ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/CONSUMER_ALERT_Balderas_Urges_New_Mexicans_to_Use_Toys_R_Us___Babies_R_Us_Gift_Cards___Credits.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Consumer Alert regarding the announcement that Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores are going out of business. Both stores have locations in New Mexico…</pre></div>
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas to EPA Administrator Pruitt: If EPA Fails to Enforce a Critical Landfill Methane Regulation, We Will See You in Court ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_to_EPA_Administrator_Pruitt_If_EPA_Fails_to_Enforce_a_Critical_Landfill_Methane_Regulation__We_Will_See_You_in_Court_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Joining a coalition of seven attorneys general, the California Air Resources Board, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Attorney General Hector Balderas today submitted a 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s</pre></div>
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Launches Facebook Probe with Bipartisan Coalition of State AGs ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Launches_Facebook_Probe_with_Bipartisan_Coalition_of_State_AGs.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a bipartisan coalition of 37 state and territory Attorneys General in sending a letter demanding answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the company’s business practices and privacy protections.</pre></div>
Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Opposes Trump Administration’s “License to Discriminate” in Health Care ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Opposes_Trump_Administration%E2%80%99s_%E2%80%9CLicense_to_Discriminate%E2%80%9D_in_Health_Care.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas, part of a coalition of 19 Attorneys General, filed comments opposing the Trump Department of Health and Human Services’ Proposed Rule, which seeks to dramatically expand the ability of businesses and individuals to refuse to provide necessary health care on the basis of businesses’ or employees’ “religious, moral, ethical, or other beliefs.” </pre></div>
Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT Attorney General Warns New Mexicans about New Facebook Scam in Wake of Massive Facebook Privacy Breach ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_Attorney_General_Warns_New_Mexicans_about_New_Facebook_Scam_in_Wake_of_Massive_Facebook_Privacy_Breach.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following scam alert warning New Mexicans to be extra cautious about people pretending to be able to help them with their Facebook data in the wake of…</pre></div>
Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Hector Balderas Investigating Reports of TEACH Grants That Have Been Converted to Loans by the U.S. Department of Education ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Hector_Balderas_Investigating_Reports_of_TEACH_Grants_That_Have_Been_Converted_to_Loans_by_the_U.S._Department_of_Education.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM — Attorney General Hector Balderas is investigating reports of New Mexico teachers’ TEACH grants that have summarily been converted to loans by the U.S. Department of Education…</pre></div>
Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Hector Balderas Announces Lawsuit Against President Trump and U.S. Dept. of Commerce to Block Citizen Question from Census ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Lawsuit_Against_President_Trump_and_U.S._Dept._of_Commerce_to_Block_Citizen_Question_from_Census.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM — Attorney General Balderas today joined a coalition of attorneys general, cities and the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors in filing a lawsuit seeking to block the Trump Administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 dicennial Census.</pre></div>
Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Project OPEN Coming to San Miguel County ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Project_OPEN_Coming_to_San_Miguel_County.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Vegas, NM – This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention & Education Network will host an Opioid Abuse Prevention Training in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 7, 2018. </pre></div>
Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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New Mexico Office of the Attorney General Announces New Indictment of Laura Seeds Related to Española Municipal Election ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/New_Mexico_Office_of_the_Attorney_General_Announces_New_Indictment_of_Laura_Seeds_Related_to_Espa%C3%B1ola_Municipal_Election.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Española, NM – The Office of the Attorney General has announced the indictment of Laura Seeds by a Rio Arriba County grand jury on the counts of: Committing…</pre></div>
Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Convicted Murderer to Remain In Prison Despite New DNA Testing ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Convicted_Murderer_to_Remain_In_Prison_Despite_New_DNA_Testing.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Second Judicial District Judge Stan Whitaker denied convicted murderer Jacob Duran’s request to set aside the judgment and sentence against him for the 1986 murder of Teofilia Gradi in her North Valley home. Duran asked the Court to set aside the judgment and sentence against him on the basis of new DNA testing of evidence used at trial. The Court was not persuaded and denied Duran’s request.</pre></div>
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces New Rule to Increase Uniformity and Transparency in State Rule Making Processes ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_New_Rule_to_Increase_Uniformity_and_Transparency_in_State_Rule_Making_Processes_2.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General has promulgated a new rule for rule making processes for government agencies across New Mexico. </pre></div>
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Statement Regarding Banking Executive & Community Leader Jennifer Riordan ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Statement_Regarding_Banking_Executive___Community_Leader_Jennifer_Riordan.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement in response to the tragic death of Jennifer Riordan:

“New Mexico is greatly saddened by the news of Jennifer Riordan’s tragic death. She was a dear friend and I was honored…
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Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas to Congress: Protect Elderly, Disabled & Impoverished New Mexicans from Abusive Debt Collection Practices by Lawyers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_to_Congress_Protect_Elderly__Disabled___Impoverished_New_Mexicans_from_Abusive_Debt_Collection_Practices_by_Lawyers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas and a bi-partisan coalition of 20 state attorneys general submitted a letter today urging Congress to oppose the Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2018, which would strip away protections against debt collection attorneys who take unfair advantage of state courts to intimidate, harass and deceive consumers.</pre></div>
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Settlement with Visa & MasterCard Over Excessive Credit & Debit Card Fees ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Settlement_with_Visa___MasterCard_Over_Excessive_Credit___Debit_Card_Fees.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that he reached a settlement with Visa and MasterCard, the United States’ two largest payment card networks, over a lawsuit brought by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General alleging excessive fees charged during credit and debit card transactions.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas: Don’t be the Dealer ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Don%E2%80%99t_be_the_Dealer.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his office is hosting a National Drug Take Back Day location in downtown Albuquerque on Saturday, April 28. New Mexicans can safely dispose of prescription drugs like opioids, sleep medications and Benzodiazepines in order to keep them out of the hands of our youth and to prevent dangerous addictions. All types of prescription drugs will be accepted for safe disposal by the Office of the Attorney General at Civic Plaza in Albuquerque from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday.</pre></div>
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Celebrates Earth Day with Record of Fighting for New Mexico’s Environment ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Celebrates_Earth_Day_with_Record_of_Fighting_for_New_Mexico%E2%80%99s_Environment.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – In recognition of Earth Day tomorrow, Attorney General Hector Balderas highlighted the continuing efforts of the Office of the Attorney General to protect our environment, and also provided suggestions on how residents can help preserve New Mexico’s pristine natural environment.</pre></div>
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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REFUND ALERT: AG Balderas Urges New Mexicans to File Scam Claims with Western Union for Share of $586 Million Settlement ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/REFUND_ALERT_AG_Balderas_Urges_New_Mexicans_to_File_Scam_Claims_with_Western_Union_for_Share_of_%24586_Million_Settlement.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas is alerting New Mexicans who lost money to scammers using Western Union’s money transfer system between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, that they can now file a claim to get their money back by going to www.FTC.gov/WU before May 31, 2018.</pre></div>
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Balderas Secures Victory for Consumer Protection in New Mexico with Court of Appeals Ruling in ITT Tech Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Secures_Victory_for_Consumer_Protection_in_New_Mexico_with_Court_of_Appeals_Ruling_in_ITT_Tech_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Court of Appeals issued an Opinion stating that New Mexico was not bound by the agreements ITT Technical Institute entered into with its students and that there is an important public policy in allowing the Attorney General to bring lawsuits against companies that violate the Unfair Practices Act (UPA). The Court of Appeals said: “[t]he UPA represents New Mexico’s public policy in favor of preventing consumer harm and resolving consumer claims.” The court also confirmed the Attorney General’s “broad authority to enforce the provisions of the UPA includes the right to bring actions in [the State’s] name, alleging violations of the UPA, if such ‘proceedings would be in the public interest [.]'”</pre></div>
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Balderas to Trump: Protect New Mexico Families; Don’t Weaken CFPB’s Investigative Authority ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_to_Trump_Protect_New_Mexico_Families%3B_Don%E2%80%99t_Weaken_CFPB%E2%80%99s_Investigative_Authority.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Late yesterday, Attorney General Hector Balderas as part of a coalition of 16 attorneys general called on the Trump Administration to respect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) investigative authority. Since its inception, the CFPB has issued civil investigative demands to companies and individuals who may be violating the law and taking advantage of consumers. Civil investigative demands are a critical law enforcement tool that enable the CFPB to carry out investigations by obtaining documents, financial records, and company policies and procedures. However, the Trump Administration is now considering weakening the CFPB’s use of civil investigative demands. </pre></div>
Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces New Nehemiah Griego Amenability Hearing to Take Place ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_New_Nehemiah_Griego_Amenability_Hearing_to_Take_Place.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court denied Nehemiah Griego’s request to review the Court of Appeals opinion which ordered a new amenability hearing. The new amenability hearing sought by Attorney General Balderas will now take place in District Court as the Office of the Attorney General received the mandate this afternoon. </pre></div>
Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Statement on Closing of White Peak Trial ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Statement_on_Closing_of_White_Peak_Trial.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Taos, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that after several weeks, arguments in the White Peak trial before the Honorable Judge Sarah Backus in Taos District Court came to a close. During the course of trial, the Office of the Attorney General called numerous hunters, land owners and rural New Mexicans to testify as to their right to public access. The parties now await the judge’s decisio</pre></div>
Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas: Trump’s EPA Administrator Must Be Recused from Attempt to Repeal Clean Power Plan ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Trump%E2%80%99s_EPA_Administrator_Must_Be_Recused_from_Attempt_to_Repeal_Clean_Power_Plan.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Taos, NM – Joining a coalition of 16 Attorneys General and municipalities, Attorney General Hector Balderas today submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with additional evidence of due process violations, lack of fairness, and ethical lapses stemming from Administrator Scott Pruitt’s involvement in the EPA’s efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Attorney General Balderas previously submitted a comment letter on this matter on January 9, 2018. The CPP is a strong, effective, and science-based policy that would significantly reduce carbon pollution from power plants, the country’s largest stationary source of climate-damaging pollution.</pre></div>
Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Brief in Support of Misclassified Employees’ Rights to Organize ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Brief_in_Support_of_Misclassified_Employees%E2%80%99_Rights_to_Organize.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, as a part of a coalition of 12 state attorneys general, filed a brief to the National Labor Relations Board in support of a decision against Velox Express Inc. that concluded its misclassification of employees as independent contractors constituted an unfair labor practice in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.</pre></div>
Mon, 30 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Expands Lawsuit to Block Trump from Demanding Citizenship Info in 2020 Census ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Expands_Lawsuit_to_Block_Trump_from_Demanding_Citizenship_Info_in_2020_Census.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas as part of a bipartisan coalition of 18 states plus the District of Columbia, nine cities, four counties, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors – filed an amended lawsuit to block the Trump administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 decennial Census, adding new co-plaintiffs and bolstering the arguments in their complaint.</pre></div>
Tue, 01 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Read the Fine Print: AG Balderas Announces Free Financial Literacy Classes around New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Read_the_Fine_Print_AG_Balderas_Announces_Free_Financial_Literacy_Classes_around_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Española, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a series of financial literacy trainings to be held throughout the state as part of the settlement with Visa and MasterCard, the United States’ two largest payment card networks…</pre></div>
Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Launches Investigation of Technology Used to Facilitate Child Exploitation; Requests Cooperation from BitTorrent & Other Companies ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Launches_Investigation_of_Technology_Used_to_Facilitate_Child_Exploitation%3B_Requests_Cooperation_from_BitTorrent___Other_Companies.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his office is investigating the use of technology to distribute child pornography and has requested the cooperation of BitTorrent Inc. and other companies to provide information that will aid in the investigation. Last week, Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Affairs Sharon Pino sent a letter to BitTorrent CEO Rogelio Choy demanding answers by June 8, 2018 about the company and users’ practices regarding child exploitation.</pre></div>
Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas and UNM President Stokes Committed to Positive Change ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_and_UNM_President_Stokes_Committed_to_Positive_Change.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas and UNM President Garnett Stokes, after meeting earlier this week, have declared a shared commitment to actively looking for ways to positively change the way the two organizations work together in service to the University community and the citizens of New Mexico.</pre></div>
Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Balderas to Trump We Must Protect Our LGBTQ Youth in New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_to_Trump_We_Must_Protect_Our_LGBTQ_Youth_in_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he joined a coalition of 10 attorneys general in submitting a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) opposing a proposal that would end the collection of data related to…</pre></div>
Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Statement Regarding the Detention of James Stewart Sr. & Teri Sanchez ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Statement_Regarding_the_Detention_of_James_Stewart_Sr.___Teri_Sanchez.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the pretrial detention of James Stewart Sr. and Teri Sanchez:
“I’m pleased with Judge Hart’s ruling that both defendants accused of horrific crimes against their seven-year-old daughter will stay in jail pending formal charges and trial. I applaud the courageous witnesses who partnered with our office to protect children, and we will continue to pursue justice for all New Mexico children.”

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Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Opioid Companies Try Dirty Trick; AG Balderas Battles Back ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Opioid_Companies_Try_Dirty_Trick%3B_AG_Balderas_Battles_Back.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued an update on his ongoing litigation against more than two dozen opioid manufacturers and distributors. The lawsuit seeks reimbursement of state funds that have been spent as a result of…</pre></div>
Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Brief to Protect New Mexico Women’s Access to Reproductive Health & Family Planning ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Brief_to_Protect_New_Mexico_Women%E2%80%99s_Access_to_Reproductive_Health___Family_Planning.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in support of a nationwide preliminary injunction that would block a recent attempt by the Trump-Pence Administration to reduce access…</pre></div>
Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Invites New Mexicans to Public Safety Day at Isotopes Park ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Invites_New_Mexicans_to_Public_Safety_Day_at_Isotopes_Park.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas is inviting New Mexicans to attend Public Safety Day at Isotopes Park for Sunday’s game against the Reno Aces. Special agents, police officers, first responders and their families…</pre></div>
Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Blasts Trump EPA’s Roll Back of Regulations Protecting First Responders & Workers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Blasts_Trump_EPA%E2%80%99s_Roll_Back_of_Regulations_Protecting_First_Responders___Workers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to rescind vital improvements to the agency’s chemical accident safety regulations. These rules would provide important accident prevention measures to protect first responders, workers and nearby residents at nearly 100 facilities in New Mexico, including natural gas processing plants, refineries, rail terminals, dairies, and chemical warehousing and transport facilities. Attorney General Balderas has already challenged a prior attempt by EPA to delay the rule for two years, in a lawsuit that remains pending in the federal Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit. </pre></div>
Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program, Attorney General Hector Balderas, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, Teeniors, and Adelante Join Forces to Promote Internet Safety and Cybersecurity for Seniors, Parents and Children <br /> ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Comcasts_Internet_Essentials_Program_AG_Balderas.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, May 16, 2018— Today, David L. Cohen, Comcast Corporation’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer; New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas; and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller announced a new Internet Essentials partnership to educate seniors, parents, and children across New Mexico about some of the most serious challenges they may face online.</pre></div>
Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: AG Balderas Warns of New Messenger App Scam ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_AG_Balderas_Warns_of_New_Messenger_App_Scam.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert because New Mexicans who use “messenger” services or “apps” to communicate with friends are facing a new criminal hacking scheme. The victim believes he or she is communicating via a messenger service with a friend. Unfortunately, the other end of the message chain is being answered by an imposter who has hacked the actual friend’s messenger service—not the friend at all. </pre></div>
Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas: Convicted Sex Offender Going Back to Jail for Visiting Elementary School ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Convicted_Sex_Offender_Going_Back_to_Jail_for_Visiting_Elementary_School.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that convicted sex offender and habitual probation violator Timothy O’Hara is going back to jail. O’Hara was convicted of six counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Distribution in 2009, was found guilty of probation violations in 2015, and after he was released from prison in late 2017 Attorney General Balderas charged him with violating his probation yet again for visiting an elementary school, among other violations. Second Judicial District Judge Jewell agreed with the Office of the Attorney General finding O’Hara guilty of violating his probation and yesterday sentenced O’Hara to 364 days in jail at the Metropolitan Detention Center.</pre></div>
Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas to Congress: Create Stiffer Penalties for Irresponsible Drug Manufacturers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_to_Congress_Create_Stiffer_Penalties_for_Irresponsible_Drug_Manufacturers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas along with a bipartisan coalition of 39 state and territory attorneys general called on congressional leaders to promptly pass measures to help hold opioid manufacturers accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic and stem diversion. </pre></div>
Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Counterclaims & Answers in Texas v. New Mexico Water Lawsuit; Balderas Now Executing His New Strategy After Last King Action Has Been Heard by the Supreme Court ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Counterclaims_and_Answers_in_TX_v_NM_Water_Lawsuit_Balderas_Now_Executing_His_New_Strategy_After_Last_King_Action_Has_Been_Heard_by_the_Supreme_Court.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he’s filed counterclaims and answers to Texas and the U.S. government in the Texas v. New Mexico water lawsuit making it clear that New Mexico’s traditionally underrepresented populations have been taken advantage of for decades by the parties. Balderas, raised in rural New Mexico, understands that this case is about protecting working New Mexicans and small businesses, like our farmers and ranchers, to ensure the water they own is not unjustly taken away. Balderas has assembled a team of experts to fight on behalf of New Mexicans using the latest science, best evidence and new joint strategy to protect New Mexico’s working families, cultural way of life, and overall economy. Now that the last action initiated by the King administration has been adjudicated by the U.S. Supreme Court, Balderas is able to execute his new legal strategy.</pre></div>
Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Expands Investigation of Technology Used in Child Exploitation; Requests Cooperation & Information from Giganews ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Expands_Investigation_of_Technology_Used_in_Child_Exploitation%3B_Requests_Cooperation___Information_from_Giganews.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his office is expanding its investigation of the use of technology to distribute child pornography and has requested the cooperation of Giganews to provide information that will aid in the investigation. Last week, Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Affairs Sharon Pino sent a letter to Giganews CEO Ronald B. Yokubaitis demanding answers about the company and users’ practices regarding child exploitation.</pre></div>
Thu, 24 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Awards $220,000 in Settlement Money to Seven Governmental Institutions Across New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Awards_%24220_000_in_Settlement_Money_to_Seven_Governmental_Institutions_Across_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas awarded over $220,000 in settlement funds to public institutions across New Mexico for their technology proposals to better serve New Mexicans. The dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) litigation stems from a multi-state lawsuit challenging price-fixing for DRAM that resulted in over-charging for DRAM-containing equipment like computers and printers. The lawsuit alleged a conspiracy to fix, raise, maintain, and/or stabilize the prices of DRAM chips that allegedly resulted in overcharges to consumers and government purchasers of DRAM or products containing DRAM. DRAM is an electronic component that allows for storage and retrieval of electronic data.</pre></div>
Tue, 29 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Fights Trump’s Roll Back of Contraceptive Coverage for New Mexican Women ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Fights_Trump%E2%80%99s_Roll_Back_of_Contraceptive_Coverage_for_New_Mexican_Women.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general in filing a brief strongly opposing the Trump Administration’s decision to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans. The amicus brief, filed Tuesday afternoon, supports California, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia’s lawsuit seeking to stop the federal government from implementing new regulations that authorize most employers with a religious or moral objection to contraception to block their employees, and their employees’ dependents, from receiving health insurance coverage for contraceptive care and services. The federal government appealed the case to the Ninth Circuit after the district court issued a nationwide injunction stopping the rules from being implemented.</pre></div>
Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Brief to Protect Native American Children and Families ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Brief_to_Protect_Native_American_Children_and_Families.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced New Mexico joined a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general in filing a brief to defend the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). ICWA sets specific child welfare rules designed to ensure that cases regarding abuse, neglect and adoption involving Native American children are handled in a culturally appropriate manner.</pre></div>
Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Sues EPA Over Failure to Enforce a Critical Landfill Methane Regulation ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Sues_EPA_Over_Failure_to_Enforce_a_Critical_Landfill_Methane_Regulation.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, joined a coalition of eight attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its failure to implement and enforce a critical landfill methane regulation.</pre></div>
Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Indictments Against Man Alleged to Have Exploited Two Albuquerque Seniors by Embezzling Over $1 Million ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Indictments_Against_Man_Alleged_to_Have_Exploited_Two_Albuquerque_Seniors_by_Embezzling_Over_%241_Million.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that James Lambros was indicted by a Bernalillo County Grand Jury on 32 felony charges including Money Laundering, Larceny, Embezzlement, Tampering with Evidence, Tax Fraud, Forgery and Theft of a Credit Card for allegedly stealing over $1 million from two elderly victims, ages eighty-five (85) and ninety five (95), and one count of Child Exploitation for allegedly possessing images of child sexual abuse.


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Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans of Bogus “Publishers Clearing House” Calls ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_AG_Balderas_Warns_New_Mexicans_of_Bogus_%E2%80%9CPublishers_Clearing_House%E2%80%9D_Calls.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas is issuing an alert, as scammers target senior citizens in New Mexico.</pre></div>
Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: AG Balderas Warns of Scammers Posing as IRS Agents and Threatening New Mexicans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_AG_Balderas_Warns_of_Scammers_Posing_as_IRS_Agents_and_Threatening_New_Mexicans.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Attorney General Hector Balderas is warning New Mexicans, as scam callers are targeting consumers with aggressive phone calls, posing as IRS agents. Those scam calls range from threats of monetary penalties for lack of tax payments, to threats of immediate arrest.</pre></div>
Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, Stakeholders Urge Committee Members to Put American Families Ahead of Special Interests ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/New_Mexico_Attorney_General_Hector_Balderas__Albuquerque_Mayor_Tim_Keller__Stakeholders_Urge_Committee_Members_to_Put_American_Families_Ahead_of_Special_Interests.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.– Today, ahead of the Royalty Policy Committee meeting, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas joined Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, and taxpayer and public lands advocates at the Albuquerque Convention Center to urge members of the committee to do their jobs and secure a fair monetary value and fair consideration of the public interest for the development of natural resources, including oil and gas on public lands. </pre></div>
Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas and SOS Toulouse Oliver Partner to Protect New Mexicans’ Right to Vote and Prevent Voter Fraud at Primary Polling Locations across New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_and_SOS_Toulouse_Oliver_Partner_to_Protect_New_Mexicans__Right_to_Vote_and_Prevent_Voter_Fraud_at_Primary_Polling_Locations_across_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced a partnership aimed at providing additional support to county clerks on Election Day to ensure proper conduct at polling locations around New Mexico. State law provides that upon the request of the Secretary of State, the Attorney General shall assign investigators or lawyers to aid the Secretary of State on Election Day to maintain consistency and uniformity.</pre></div>
Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Support for ACLU Lawsuit against Census Order that could cost New Mexico Hundreds of Millions ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Support_for_ACLU_Lawsuit_against_Census_Order_that_could_cost_New_Mexico_Hundreds_of_Millions.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas welcomed the American Civil Liberties Union’s new lawsuit challenging changes to the census announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce in March.</pre></div>
Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Proposes Statewide School Safety Plan to Protect New Mexico Children ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Proposes_Statewide_School_Safety_Plan_to_Protect_New_Mexico_Children.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a proposal for immediate action on school safety planning for schools across New Mexico. In a letter sent to New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski, Attorney General Balderas details the first tier of a multi-tiered plan to bring every school in the state up to a minimum threshold of security within the next school year. The letter also highlights necessary regulatory changes that will mandate safety planning and security measures that are currently not in law and which the Office of the Attorney General’s research found what the Attorney General described as a “patchwork system” of safety initiatives that “is inherently filled with dangerous gaps.”The letter also calls for pursuing federal funding to ensure that state funds are leveraged and that the measures can be implemented quickly.</pre></div>
Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans of Security Threat after Massive Facebook Privacy Breach ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Warns_New_Mexicans_of_Security_Threat_after_Massive_Facebook_Privacy_Breach.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a consumer alert regarding the privacy of New Mexicans’ social media accounts.

“Yesterday, Facebook announced that due to a bug, as many as 14 million users had their…
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Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas: Deadline for New Mexicans to File Claims in $142 Million Wells Fargo Settlement Extended ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Deadline_for_New_Mexicans_to_File_Claims_in_%24142_Million_Wells_Fargo_Settlement_Extended.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas reminded New Mexicans that the deadline for them to file their claims in the false accounts consumer class action settlement against Wells Fargo has been extended to July 7, 2018. </pre></div>
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Key Victory in Massive Opioid Litigation; Lawsuit Will be Heard in New Mexico instead of a Federal Court of a $200 Billion Dollar Corporation’s Choosing ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Key_Victory_in_Massive_Opioid_Litigation%3B_Lawsuit_Will_be_Heard_in_New_Mexico_instead_of_a_Federal_Court_of_a_%24200_Billion_Dollar_Corporation%E2%80%99s_Choosing.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a key victory in New Mexico’s lawsuit against major opioid manufacturers and distributors—the case will be tried in New Mexico state court. Late Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that Attorney General Balderas’ lawsuit must be returned to the state court where it was originally filed. </pre></div>
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Leads Task Force Arresting 19 Alleged Child Predators in Months-Long Statewide Operation ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Leads_Task_Force_Arresting_19_Alleged_Child_Predators_in_Months_Long_Statewide_Operation_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force served 147 search warrants, arrested 19 alleged predators and rescued two children during a three-month-long statewide operation to protect New Mexico children from sexual exploitation and rape. </pre></div>
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Leads 21 Attorneys General Demanding Sessions End Illegal and Cruel Immigration Tactics Harming Children & Obstructing Crime Fighting ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Leads_21_Attorneys_General_Demanding_Sessions_End_Illegal_and_Cruel_Immigration_Tactics_Harming_Children___Obstructing_Crime_Fighting.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas called on United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to end the cruel and illegal attacks on children and families lawfully seeking asylum in the United States as they seek protection from domestic, sexual and gang violence. In recent weeks, the federal government has separated thousands of asylum-seeking children from their parents, and reclassified the protective status of international domestic violence survivors. Attorney General Balderas and 20 attorneys general demand that United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions immediately stop putting children in danger by separating them from their families.</pre></div>
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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New Mexico Attorney General Balderas to Join Multistate Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration Family Separation Policy ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/New_Mexico_Attorney_General_Balderas_to_Join_Multistate_Lawsuit_Challenging_Trump_Administration_Family_Separation_Policy.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced he will join a coalition of states in challenging the Trump Administration’s policy of forced family separation on the U.S. southern border. The lawsuit will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.</pre></div>
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Wins Key Fight Defending Katie’s Law & Keeping Serial Child Rapist in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Wins_Key_Fight_Defending_Katie%E2%80%99s_Law___Keeping_Serial_Child_Rapist_in_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of Joseph Blea in agreement with the Office of the Attorney General. Balderas also successfully defended Katie’s Law, which is critical to holding the most dangerous sexual predators accountable. Joseph Blea was convicted of first degree criminal sexual penetration (CSP) and first degree kidnapping involving four separate victims, one a 13-year-old girl. At the time of the crimes, which occurred in 1988, 1990, and 1993, the victims were unable to identify their attackers. The crimes went unsolved until 2010 when Defendant’s DNA was matched to the DNA evidence collected in these cases.</pre></div>
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: AG Balderas & Senator Heinrich Warn New Mexicans of Scammers Impersonating Elected Officials ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_AG_Balderas___Senator_Heinrich_Warn_New_Mexicans_of_Scammers_Impersonating_Elected_Officials.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a new Scam Alert urging consumers to beware of scammers impersonating elected officials, particularly in online messages. The alert is issued in response to a complaint received by the Attorney General from Senator Martin Heinrich. In this instance, a consumer received messages via Facebook Messenger that appeared to be sent by Senator Heinrich, soliciting consumer information, in exchange for a bogus grant, even though the senator had nothing to do with the texts.</pre></div>
Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Message to New Mexico’s Muslim Community on Today’s Supreme Court Opinion on the Travel Ban ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Message_to_New_Mexico%E2%80%99s_Muslim_Community_on_Today%E2%80%99s_Supreme_Court_Opinion_on_the_Travel_Ban.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas released a message of support to New Mexico’s Muslim community in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawaii</pre></div>
Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Multistate Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration’s Dangerous & Illegal Family Separation Policy ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Multistate_Lawsuit_Challenging_Trump_Administration%E2%80%99s_Dangerous___Illegal_Family_Separation_Policy.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today filed a multistate lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s dangerous and illegal policy of forced family separation on the U.S. southern border. In addition to New Mexico 16 other states and the District of Columbia joined the lawsuit, filed today in the U.S. District Court…</pre></div>
Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Joins fellow AG’s in Opposition to U.S. Supreme Court Decision that Cuts Back on Union Rights ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_fellow_AG_s_in_Opposition_to_U.S._Supreme_Court_Decision_that_Cuts_Back_on_Union_Rights.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – AG Balderas joined 20 Democratic attorneys general today, in strongly disagreeing with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. The case involved public employees paying fees to support the cost of critical representation during collective bargaining. These union fees, along with member dues, are used to represent all employees – both union and non-union employees.</pre></div>
Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Joins Bi-Partisan Effort to Fight Legislation That Would Terminate States’ Ability to Prevent Abusive Lending Practices ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_Bi_Partisan_Effort_to_Fight_Legislation_That_Would_Terminate_States%E2%80%99_Ability_to_Prevent_Abusive_Lending_Practices.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a bi-partisan effort of attorneys general urging U.S. Congressional leadership to vote against HR 3299 (“Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017”) and HR 4439 (“Modernizing Credit Opportunities Act”). The coalition of 20 AG’s sent a letter to leadership in the U.S. Senate expressing their opposition to the proposed legislation, which would invalidate the States’ ability to limit interest rates on payday and other high interest loans, and undermine the State’s ability to enforce consumer protection laws.</pre></div>
Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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NM Attorney General Keeps Convicted Sex Offender in Custody ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/NM_Attorney_General_Keeps_Convicted_Sex_Offender_in_Custody.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced prosecutors with the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General successfully argued to put a convicted sex offender and probation violator behind bars. Ruben Lovato was accused of violating his probation relating to a conviction for Child Solicitation. Court records show that Lovato did not register as a sex offender, as required by law, and disregarded court orders by interacting is on social media. On Thursday, Judge Michael Martinez agreed with the Office of the Attorney General that Lovato should be placed into state custody, sentencing him to 18 months.</pre></div>
Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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From Border, AG Balderas Meets with Mexican & New Mexican Law Enforcement along the Border; Files New Action Demanding Trump Focus on Prosecuting Violent Criminals, not Separating Families ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/From_Border_AG_Balderas_Meets_with_Mexican___New_Mexican_Law_Enforcement_PR.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Sunland Park, NM – Yesterday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas urged the federal government to focus its efforts at the Mexican/American border on violent international criminal organizations, instead of on caging children and families in cold jail cells. Balderas met with law enforcement leaders from southern New Mexico and Chihuahua, Mexico to discuss ongoing efforts to battle international crime and keep it from flowing into New Mexico. While touring 12 miles of the international border in Sunland Park, Balderas discussed with local law enforcement how Sunland Park, one of the safest cities in the entire borderland, is a national model for how to keep out dangerous, violent criminals. Also Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined attorneys general from around the nation in filing a motion that demands changes in the Trump Administration’s unfair and un-American prosecution of vulnerable children and families at the United States’ southern border.</pre></div>
Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Fights for Rights of Transgender Americans to Serve Openly in United States Armed Forces ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Fights_for_Rights_of_Transgender_Americans_to_Serve_Openly_in_United_States_Armed_Forces.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas signified his strong support for the rights of transgender Americans to serve in the U.S. Military, by joining more than a dozen attorneys general from around the nation in filing a brief opposing President Trump’s stated plan to re-institute an unconstitutional ban on open service in the military by transgender Americans.</pre></div>
Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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NMOAG Special Agents work with Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Detectives to put Convicted Violent Sex Offender Behind Bars ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/NMOAG_Special_Agents_work_with_Do%C3%B1a_Ana_County_Sheriff%E2%80%99s_Detectives_to_put_Convicted_Violent_Sex_Offender_Behind_Bars.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Doña Ana County, NM – Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives say a wanted 49-year-old violent convicted sex offender is in custody – thanks to the observant eyes of a fellow law-enforcement officer.</pre></div>
Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Statement on the Resignation of EPA Chief Scott Pruitt ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Statement_on_the_Resignation_of_EPA_Chief_Scott_Pruitt.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas offered the following statement, in response to resignation of Scott Pruitt as chief of the Environmental Protection Administration: “This is a resignation that should have happened long ago. Scott Pruitt has shown no regard for the rule of law during his tenure as EPA chief. My office has joined several lawsuits against the EPA since Pruitt took over for failing to protect the best interests of New Mexican schoolchildren and putting industry interests before the health, safety, and welfare of New Mexican families.”</pre></div>
Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans of Online Phishing Scam Targeting Their Bank Accounts ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Warns_New_Mexicans_of_Online_Phishing_Scam_Targeting_Their_Bank_Accounts.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas cautioned New Mexico consumers not to submit their banking information over the internet—unless consumers have initiated contact with the bank. The advisory came after the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General received several reports of scammers receiving banking account numbers through ‘phishing’ for information on a banking website.</pre></div>
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Sends Sex Offender Back to Jail ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Sends_Sex_Offender_Back_to_Jail.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas put a dangerous convicted sex offender back behind bars. James Richard Coca was on supervised probation for possession of child pornography, and was arrested in May for a DWI offense, violating the conditions of his probation. The Court today unsatisfactorily discharged Defendant from probation, sentencing him to 270 days in the Department of Corrections, followed by a one-year period of parole.</pre></div>
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Fights to Return Unlawfully Transferred Land in Rio Arriba County to Land Grant Heirs ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Fights_to_Return_Unlawfully_Transferred_Land_in_Rio_Arriba_County_to_Land_Grant_Heirs.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his office’s plan to fight for the rights of the Land Grant, Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla. In 2003, an unlawful transfer of title of property belonging to Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla was made to Al Frente de Lucha, a Colorado corporation.</pre></div>
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Joins FTC and 50 States to Combat Fraudulent Charities that Falsely Claim to Help Veterans and Service Members ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_FTC_and_50_States_to_Combat_Fraudulent_Charities_that_Falsely_Claim_to_Help_Veterans_and_Service_Members.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement officials and charity regulators from every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico in announcing “Operation Donate with Honor,” a sweeping new donor education campaign to help donors spot and avoid fundraising solicitations that falsely promise their donations will help veterans and service members. The new campaign is being released in conjunction with announcements of new and recent law enforcement actions by the FTC and many states.</pre></div>
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Keeps Two Convicted Murderers Behind Bars ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Keeps_Two_Convicted_Murderers_Behind_Bars.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, the New Mexico Supreme Court upheld murder convictions in two separate cases argued on appeal by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. Albert Tegeda, III and Arnoldo Navarette are both convicted of first degree murder, and will remain in state custody.</pre></div>
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Sues EPA over Former Administrator Pruitt’s Parting Gift to Polluters ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Sues_EPA_over_Former_Administrator_Pruitt%E2%80%99s_Parting_Gift_to_Polluters.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM — Joining a coalition of 15 Attorneys General, AG Balderas today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over an order issued on former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s final day in office. The order effectively suspends the EPA’s 2016 Glider Rule for a year. The Glider Rule mandates that most engines installed in “gliders” – new heavy-duty truck bodies outfitted with refurbished or rebuilt pre-2010 highly polluting engines – meet the same emissions standards applicable to all newly manufactured engines. </pre></div>
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: AG Balderas Warns of Scammers Pretending to be State Employees to Steal New Mexicans’ Cash ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_AG_Balderas_Warns_of_Scammers_Pretending_to_be_State_Employees_to_Steal_New_Mexicans%E2%80%99_Cash.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert, warning New Mexicans that scammers are calling from phone numbers with “New Mexico State Government” listed on caller ID, and trying to trick people into handing over their money.</pre></div>
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas urges FDA to ban Flavored Tobacco ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_urges_FDA_to_ban_Flavored_Tobacco.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a bipartisan coalition of nine Attorneys General in urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban flavored tobacco products. In March, the FDA began soliciting information related to the role that flavors play in the use of tobacco products. As part of its rule-making process, the FDA is seeking comments, data, research, and other results regarding flavored tobacco and its impact on certain populations. The Attorneys General are urging a complete ban of flavors in all tobacco products</pre></div>
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas to Congressional Leaders: “Protect the Integrity of our Elections. Our Democracy Depends on it.” ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_to_Congressional_Leaders_%E2%80%9CProtect_the_Integrity_of_our_Elections._Our_Democracy_Depends_on_it.%E2%80%9D.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas led a bipartisan coalition of 21 Attorneys General in urging congressional leaders to improve American cyber security and protect the integrity of the upcoming 2018 midterm election, and elections to come, against cyberattacks and infiltrations like the ones committed by Russia in 2016. The latest investigations into that attack shows Russian hackers targeted the American electoral system, stole the private information of hundreds of thousands of people, and infiltrated a company that supplies voting software across the nation, putting the upcoming election at serious risk. These investigations led to the indictment of 12 Russian Intelligence Officers earlier this month.</pre></div>
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Guilty Plea from ex-CEO who Embezzled more than $20,000 from Pueblo-Owned Business ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Guilty_Plea_from_ex_CEO_who_Embezzled_more_than_%2420_000_from_Pueblo_Owned_Business.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General secured a guilty plea from Donn Wiese, former CEO of San Ildefonso Services LLC. Wiese embezzled $20,545 in grant money that was awarded to San Ildefonso Services, which is owned by Pueblo of San Ildefonso.</pre></div>
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Joins Coalition of 20 AG’s in Filing Brief to Protect Dreamers and Preserve DACA ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_Coalition_of_20_AG%E2%80%99s_in_Filing_Brief_to_Protect_Dreamers_and_Preserve_DACA.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 20 Attorneys General in filing an amicus brief seeking to protect Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grantees. The brief was filed in Texas v. United States, a case being heard in the District Court for the Southern District of Texas, in which certain states are challenging the lawfulness of the DACA program.</pre></div>
Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Puts Child Predator in Prison for a Decade ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Puts_Child_Predator_in_Prison_for_a_Decade.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Tucumcari, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas put a man convicted of multiple child sex crimes behind bars for a decade. In August, 2017, Anthony Groomas was arrested by NMAGO Special Agents after he sexually exploited, solicited and had sex with underage girls. Based on his convictions Judge Mitchell sentenced Groomas to 10 years behind bars today.</pre></div>
Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Keeps Convicted Murderer Behind Bars ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Keeps_Convicted_Murderer_Behind_Bars.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, the New Mexico Supreme Court upheld the murder convictions in a case argued on appeal by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. Jordan Hurd is convicted of the willful and deliberate murders of Wesley Hobbs and his daughter Amanda Hobbs, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and was sentenced by a trial court to life in prison for each of the murder charges.</pre></div>
Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Back to School Human Trafficking Awareness Training Aimed at Providing Educators with the Tools to Save Lives ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Back_to_School_Human_Trafficking_Awareness_Training_Aimed_at_Providing_Educators_with_the_Tools_to_Save_Lives_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, in partnership with education leaders from around the state, announced training dates for the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office’s Back to School Human Trafficking Awareness and Incident Tool Response Training for School Personnel. This training will help educators identify signs of possible human trafficking, and provide recommendations for how to respond to concerns about potential human trafficking cases.</pre></div>
Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Guilty Verdict in Brutal Albuquerque Murder ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Guilty_Verdict_in_Brutal_Albuquerque_Murder.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas obtained a guilty verdict after a week-long jury trial for the brutal 2017 murder of Aaron Sieben. A jury found Ameer Muhammad guilty of first-degree felony murder and armed robbery.</pre></div>
Fri, 27 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas joins Multistate Effort to Prevent Distribution of Online Files for 3-D Printed Firearms ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_joins_Multistate_Effort_to_Prevent_Distribution_of_Online_Files_for_3_D_Printed_Firearms.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition today of 21 attorneys general urging U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to withdraw from a settlement that would allow a company to post plans online to print plastic guns using 3-D printers, writing that these actions recklessly disregard public safety.</pre></div>
Mon, 30 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Calls on Congress to Require Shell Company Transparency ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Calls_on_Congress_to_Require_Shell_Company_Transparency.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM — Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a bipartisan group of 24 attorneys general to urge leadership of the House Financial Services Committee to advance legislation improving transparency of shell corporations by requiring them to disclose who controls and profits from their activities. Too often, anonymous shell corporations allow criminals to launder money without accountability.</pre></div>
Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on the University of New Mexico’s Violation of the Open Meetings Act ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Statement_on_the_University_of_New_Mexicos_Violation_of_the_Open_Meetings_Act_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued this statement regarding the University of New Mexico’s violation of the Open Meetings Act:

“The University of New Mexico must be transparent when deciding to cut vital student scholarships and must follow the law by redoing this process in a legal and fair manner to ensure accountability to our community and students.”
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Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Joins 22 AG’s in Demanding U.S. State Department Stop Online Spread of 3D-Printed Gun Plans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_22_AG%E2%80%99s_in_Demanding_U.S._State_Department_Stop_Online_Spread_of_3D_Printed_Gun_Plans.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 22 state attorneys general in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding that the Department of State take immediate action to remove from several websites downloadable plans for 3D-printed guns that were illegally posted online.</pre></div>
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Seeks Lead Plaintiff Status in Lawsuit against PG&E to Recover Millions of Dollars in Losses to PERA Funds ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Seeks_Lead_Plaintiff_Status_in_Lawsuit_against_PG_E_to_Recover_Millions_of_Dollars_in_Losses_to_PERA_Funds.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he has filed a motion seeking lead plaintiff status in securities litigation against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”) to recover approximately $4 million in losses suffered by…</pre></div>
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Guilty Plea from Woman Who Stole Thousands of Dollars from Elderly Patients ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Guilty_Plea_from_Woman_Who_Stole_Thousands_of_Dollars_from_Elderly_Patients.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas secured a guilty plea from a nursing home office manager at rehabilitation center, who stole thousands of dollars from elderly patients who suffered from dementia.</pre></div>
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Brings Lawsuit against Wells Fargo for Opening Thousands of Fake Accounts ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Brings_Lawsuit_against_Wells_Fargo_for_Opening_Thousands_of_Fake_Accounts.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Division filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for illegal business practices in opening unauthorized accounts in the name of thousands of New Mexicans.</pre></div>
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Warns Consumers to Avoid Fraudulent “Storm Chaser” or Mobile Car Hail Damage Repairers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Warns_Consumers_to_Avoid_Fraudulent_%E2%80%9CStorm_Chaser%E2%80%9D_or_Mobile_Car_Hail_Damage_Repairers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert, warning consumers that “storm chasers,” or mobile car repairers are showing up on street corners or at New Mexicans’ front doors, trying to get consumers to pay for hail damage repair, and scamming them out of their hard-earned dollars.</pre></div>
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Guilty Pleas from Former State Senator who Embezzled Thousands of Dollars from Campaign Donors ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Guilty_Pleas_from_Former_State_Senator_who_Embezzled_Thousands_of_Dollars_from_Campaign_Donors.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas secured four guilty pleas from former State Senator Phil Griego, relating to his additional criminal case tied to unlawful pocketing of campaign donations. Griego pleaded guilty to two felony counts of perjury, and two felony counts of embezzlement.</pre></div>
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Indicts Rio Rancho Convicted Serial Child Predator on New Charges of Rape of a Child in Albuquerque ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Indicts_Rio_Rancho_Convicted_Serial_Child_Predator_on_New_Charges_of_Rape_of_a_Child_in_Albuquerque.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has indicted Edward Cebada, a convicted felon and registered sex offender on new charges of rape of a child. Yesterday, a grand jury charged Cebada with multiple counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and Aggravated Battery.</pre></div>
Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Urges Congress to Close Deadly Fentanyl Loophole ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Urges_Congress_to_Close_Deadly_Fentanyl_Loophole.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM– Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, as part of a bipartisan group of 52 state and territory attorneys general, called on Congress to help end the opioid epidemic and close a loophole that allows those who traffic deadly fentanyl to stay a step ahead of law enforcement.</pre></div>
Thu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Second Felony Conviction Against Man Who Secretly Filmed Child Pornography in Albuquerque Bathroom ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Second_Felony_Conviction_Against_Man_Who_Secretly_Filmed_Child_Pornography_in_Albuquerque_Bathroom.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas secured a second felony conviction against Mark Webb, an Albuquerque man who secretly recorded graphic videos of an underage female in the bathroom. </pre></div>
Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on Federal Intervention in Taos Compound Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas__Statement_on_Federal_Intervention_in_Taos_Compound_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – “We are relieved that these dangerous individuals will finally be held in custody after federal entities stepped in because of inexplicable dismissals of the cases. </pre></div>
Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Wins Historic Public Lands Victory on Behalf of New Mexicans, Granting Access to more than 50,000 Acres ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Wins_Historic_Public_Lands_Victory_on_Behalf_of_New_Mexicans__Granting_Access_to_more_than_50_000_Acres.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a major court victory on behalf of millions of New Mexicans, granting them access to thousands of acres of public lands in Northern New Mexico, near White Peak, much of which had previously been blocked off by a landowner.</pre></div>
Tue, 04 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Indicts County Commissioner on Corruption Charges ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Indicts_County_Commissioner_on_Corruption_Charges.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Española, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a Rio Arriba County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Barney Trujillo, on 3 felony counts of Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract and 1 felony count of Campaign Contribution Disclosure and Prohibition.</pre></div>
Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Supreme Court Victory: Mother Accused of Prostituting 7-year old Daughter Will Remain in Custody ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Supreme_Court_Victory_Mother_Accused_of_Prostituting_7_year_old_Daughter_Will_Remain_in_Custody.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court declined to review the Court of Appeals decision to uphold the district court decision to hold Teri Lee Sanchez in custody until trial, without bond. Her co-defendant, James Stewart, is also being held without bond pending trial.</pre></div>
Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Remembers Thousands of Lives Lost in Terrorist Attacks 17 Years Ago ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Remembers_Thousands_of_Lives_Lost_in_Terrorist_Attacks_17_Years_Ago.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement in remembrance of the thousands of people who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September, 11th, 2001:</pre></div>
Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on EPA Rollback of Methane Emission Regulations ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_EPA_Rollback_of_Methane_Emission_Regulations.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued this statement, in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s dangerous plan to roll back methane regulations:</pre></div>
Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Lawsuit Against Tech Giants Who Illegally Monitor Child Location, Personal Data ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Lawsuit_Against_Tech_Giants_Who_Illegally_Monitor_Child_Location__Personal_Data_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, sued a group of tech companies for illegally tracking children online. </pre></div>
Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Keeps Convicted Child Trafficker Behind Bars ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Keeps_Convicted_Child_Trafficker_Behind_Bars.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Sharoski Jackson, the man convicted of trafficking a child in 2013, will remain behind bars. </pre></div>
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Urges Congress to Fight for Women, Support Funding Under Violence Against Women Act ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Urges_Congress_to_Fight_for_Women__Support_Funding_Under_Violence_Against_Women_Act.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined 55 other state and territory attorneys general to urge Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). </pre></div>
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Grand Jury Indictment of Man Who Forced Woman into Sex for Drugs ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Grand_Jury_Indictment_of_Man_Who_Forced_Woman_into_Sex_for_Drugs.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the grand jury indictment of Fred Lewis. Between early 2015 and late 2016, Lewis is alleged to have allowed a woman who recently moved to Albuquerque to share his apartment, eventually forcing her to perform sex acts with him and another individual, and threatening to kill her at knifepoint after she refused to have commercial sex with a drug dealer in exchange for drugs.</pre></div>
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Life Sentence for Convicted Albuquerque Murderer ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Life_Sentence_for_Convicted_Albuquerque_Murderer.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a sentence in excess of life imprisonment for Ameer Muhammad, the man convicted of the Albuquerque murder of Aaron Sieben in 2017. </pre></div>
Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Reaches $148 Million Settlement with Uber over Data Breach ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Reaches_%24148_Million_Settlement_with_Uber_over_Data_Breach.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he, along with the other 49 states and the District of Columbia, has reached an agreement with California-based ride-sharing company Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber) to address the company’s one-year delay in reporting a data breach to its affected drivers.</pre></div>
Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on the Passing of Rep. Larry Larrañaga ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_the_Passing_of_Rep._Larry_Larra%C3%B1aga.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Please see the below statement from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas:
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Representative Larry Larrañaga. In a time of partisanship across the nation and our state, Representative Larrañaga was always willing to work with lawmakers on both sides the aisle for the greater good of New Mexicans.
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Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Keeps Convicted Child Trafficker Behind Bars ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Keeps_Convicted_Child_Trafficker_Behind_Bars_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Sharoski Jackson, the man convicted of trafficking a child in 2013, will remain behind bars. The Supreme Court of New Mexico today denied Jackson’s petition for review. Previously, the New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld Jackson’s conviction for human trafficking and other crimes.</pre></div>
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Kick-Off of First Annual International Charity Fraud Awareness Week ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Kick_Off_of_First_Annual_International_Charity_Fraud_Awareness_Week.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas joined state charities regulators across the country, the National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO) and the Federal Trade Commission to announce the first annual International Charity Fraud Awareness Week (ICFAW) from October 22 to 26, 2018. ICFAW is a coordinated international campaign to help charities and consumers avoid charity fraud and promote wise giving.</pre></div>
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on President Trump’s Proposal to Scale Back Transgender Rights ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_President_Trump%E2%80%99s_Proposal_to_Scale_Back_Transgender_Rights_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – The Constitution protects the rights of all New Mexicans and all Americans. Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas responds to President Trump’s proposal to scale back transgender rights in America:</pre></div>
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Keeps Convicted Child Predator Behind Bars ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Keeps_Convicted_Child_Predator_Behind_Bars.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the successful prosecution of Francisco Saucedo, for charges related to sexual exploitation of children. The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General secured multiple convictions against Saucedo, ensuring that he will stay behind bars for up to 30 years.</pre></div>
Fri, 02 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures More Than $60,000 Disbursement for New Mexico Legal Aid ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_More_Than_%2460_000_Disbursement_for_New_Mexico_Legal_Aid.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the successful disbursement of more than $60,000 to New Mexico Legal Aid. The funding is the result of unclaimed funds payed by a defendant in a recently concluded case…</pre></div>
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on the Passing of President George H. W. Bush ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_the_Passing_of_President_George_H._W._Bush.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Please see the below statement from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas:

“Last night, America lost a true patriot.George H. W. Bush served his nation as president, vice-president, ambassador and CIA Chief, and was an unwavering example of a leader whose tone of civility and unity made our nation stronger. I have had the opportunity to serve with George P. Bush, working on bipartisan issues impacting our nation. My heart goes out to George and the entire Bush family in this trying time.”
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Sat, 01 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Jail Sentence for Woman Who Stole Thousands of Dollars from Elderly Patients ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Jail_Sentence_for_Woman_Who_Stole_Thousands_of_Dollars_from_Elderly_Patients.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Leanne Bennett was sentenced to one and a half years in the department of corrections for stealing from elderly patients who suffered from dementia. The Office of the Attorney General secured 11 felony convictions against Bennett for stealing more than $30,000 from elderly residents while working as an office manager at the Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque between 2012 and 2013. Bennett was sentenced by Judge Charles Brown to one and a half years after the State argued for three years in the Department of Corrections.</pre></div>
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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NM Attorney General’s Office Statement on New Mexico Racing Commission Decision ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/NM_Attorney_General%E2%80%99s_Office_Statement_on_New_Mexico_Racing_Commission_Decision.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Please see the below statement from the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, attributable to David Carl, Press Secretary, regarding today’s decision at the New Mexico Racing Commission:

“We will continue to work with the racing commission as they resolve the threat of pending litigation to ensure integrity in their awarding of the state’s sixth racing license.”
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Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Leads Coalition of 24 Attorneys General Demanding President Trump and ICE Stop Illegal Rule that Would Harm Immigrant Families ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Leads_Coalition_of_24_Attorneys_General_Demanding_President_Trump_and_ICE_Stop_Illegal_Rule_that_Would_Harm_Immigrant_Families.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring co-authored comments to a proposed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule change that violates federal law and will result in unfair discrimination against underserved immigrant families. The so called “public charge” rule change will allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to determine whether immigrant families who seek lawful status in the United States may need any form of government assistance, and if so, allow ICE to deny their application.</pre></div>
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces U.S. Department of Education to Allow TEACH Grant Recipients to Contest Conversion of Grants to Unsubsidized Loans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_U.S._Department_of_Education_to_Allow_TEACH_Grant_Recipients_to_Contest_Conversion_of_Grants_to_Unsubsidized_Loans.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Balderas announced that after investigating numerous complaints to the Office of the Attorney General and demanding that the U.S. Department of Education evaluate its conversion of thousands of TEACH Grants to Direct Unsubsidized Loans, the Department is finalizing a process that will provide an opportunity for certain TEACH Grant recipients whose TEACH Grants were converted to Direct Unsubsidized Loans to request reconsideration of the conversions.</pre></div>
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Conviction of Ex-Teacher who Sexually Assaulted Multiple Students in Rio Arriba County ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Conviction_of_Ex_Teacher_who_Sexually_Assaulted_Multiple_Students_in_Rio_Arriba_County.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas successfully secured the conviction of Gary Gregor, former teacher in the Española School District, for his sexual assault of multiple 4th grade students during the 2007-2008 school year at Fairview Elementary School. A jury of Gregor’s peers found him guilty of 3 counts of 1st-Degree Felony Criminal Sexual Penetration, 5 counts of 1st-Degree Kidnapping, and 4 counts of 1st-Degree Criminal Sexual Contact.</pre></div>
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Keeps Alleged Rapist, Kidnapper, Human Trafficker Behind Bars ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Keeps_Alleged_Rapist__Kidnapper__Human_Trafficker_Behind_Bars.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas secured the preventative detention of Mario Morales, a man accused of human trafficking, kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, false imprisonment and more. The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General successfully extradited Morales, following his arrest in Arizona last month. Following the NMOAG’s preventative detention motion in November, Morales was indicted on more 15 charges, 14 of them felonies.</pre></div>
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Receipt of $50,000 Grant to Fight Identity Theft & Cybercrime ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Receipt_of_%2450_000_Grant_to_Fight_Identity_Theft___Cybercrime.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the receipt of a $50,000 federal grant aimed at fighting identity theft across New Mexico. The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General is the first Attorney General’s Office in the nation to have been awarded this grant, and joins private organizations that battle identity theft across the nation.</pre></div>
Thu, 20 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Settlement of more than $7 Million with Wells Fargo in New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Settlement_of_more_than_%247_Million_with_Wells_Fargo_in_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Wells Fargo will pay more than $7 million in settlement to the State of New Mexico. This payment is to resolve claims that the bank violated state consumer protection laws by (1) opening thousands of unauthorized accounts in New Mexico and enrolling customers into online banking services without their knowledge or consent, (2) improperly referring customers for enrollment in third-party renters and life insurance policies, (3) improperly charging auto loan customers for force-placed and unnecessary collateral protection insurance, (4) failing to ensure that customers received refunds of unearned premiums on certain optional auto finance products, and (5) incorrectly charging customers for mortgage rate lock extension fees.</pre></div>
Fri, 28 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Supreme Court Affirmation of Life Sentence for Murderer of Officer Gregg “Nigel” Benner ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Supreme_Court_Affirmation_of_Life_Sentence_for_Murderer_of_Officer_Gregg_%E2%80%9CNigel%E2%80%9D_Benner.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico affirmed the 2016 decision of a Los Lunas jury, sentencing Andrew Romero to life behind bars, without the possibility for parole, for his murder of Rio Rancho Police Officer Gregg “Nigel” Benner.</pre></div>
Fri, 28 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
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Student Loan Company will Forgo Collecting in New Mexico as AG Balderas, 48 Attorneys General Reach Settlement ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Student_Loan_Company_will_Forgo_Collecting_in_New_Mexico_as_AG_Balderas__48_Attorneys_General_Reach_Settlement.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – For-profit education company Career Education Corp. (CEC) has agreed to reform its recruiting and enrollment practices and forgo collecting about $1.8 million in debts owed by 709 New Mexican students, and millions more nationally, in a settlement with Attorney General Balderas and 48 other attorneys general.</pre></div>
Thu, 03 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Major Court Victory as NY Judge Rejects Trump-Proposed Census Citizenship Question ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Major_Court_Victory_as_NY_Judge_Rejects_Trump_Proposed_Census_Citizenship_Question.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a major court victory, as a judge in New York rejected a proposal that would have required proof of citizenship for all individuals completing the 2020 census. This proposal was initiated by the Trump administration in 2018.</pre></div>
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces $120 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson subsidiary over marketing practices ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_%24120_million_settlement_with_Johnson___Johnson_subsidiary_over_marketing_practices.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he and 45 other Attorneys General reached a $120 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson and DePuy to resolve allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip implant devices, the ASR XL and the Pinnacle Ultamet. Depuy claimed the devices were much more reliable than they actually were. Contrary to DePuy’s claims of reliability, these hip implants were found to fail at rates more than eight times higher than rates advertised.</pre></div>
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Settlement of over $200 million with Walgreens over Fraudulent over-dispensing of Insulin pens ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Settlement_of_over_%24200_million_with_Walgreens_over_Fraudulent_over_dispensing_of_Insulin_pens.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a settlement of $209.2 million dollars against Walgreens over their fraudulent dispensing of insulin pens around the nation. New Mexico is joined by the United States, the District of Columbia, and all other 49 states in settling allegations against Walgreens Boots Alliance (Walgreens). The agreement in principle resolves allegations that Walgreens knowingly engaged in fraudulent over-dispensing of insulin pens to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Walgreens operates the largest retail pharmacy chain in the U.S., with 8,309 locations across all 50 states.</pre></div>
Thu, 24 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on the Passing of Rep. Henry “Kiki” Saavedra ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_the_Passing_of_Rep._Henry_%E2%80%9CKiki%E2%80%9D_Saavedra.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Please see the below statement from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, following the passing of Representative Henry “Kiki” Saavedra:

“Chairman Saavedra was a compassionate and strong leader that will greatly be missed. He taught my generation of legislative leaders to always be optimistic and civil in the communities we serve. He served all people in New Mexico as a statesman and a veteran of the U.S. Air National Guard. My thoughts are with his family.”


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Mon, 28 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Multiple Felony Convictions against Criminal Fraudster ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Multiple_Felony_Convictions_against_Criminal_Fraudster.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the successful prosecution of Edward Boysel who fraudulently operated a concealed firearms training business while failing to report his income and unlawfully receiving state benefits. </pre></div>
Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Statement from AG Balderas on Investigation into Finances at the University of New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Krebs___unredacted___Redacted_Redacted.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Please see the attached document relating to the investigation into finances at the University of New Mexico.</pre></div>
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Signs Multi-State Letter Urging FTC to Protect New Mexicans from Identity Theft ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Signs_Multi_State_Letter_Urging_FTC_to_Protect_New_Mexicans_from_Identity_Theft_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and a coalition of 31 Attorneys General sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging the commission to maintain and strengthen its Identity Theft Rules, which were originally adopted in November 2007. </pre></div>
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas, NMFOG Announce New Legislation Aimed at Promoting Transparency in Government ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas__NMFOG_Announce_New_Legislation_Aimed_at_Promoting_Transparency_in_Government_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government announced new legislation aimed at increasing transparency in government, and reducing access barriers to New Mexico’s citizens and members of the press in their pursuit of public information. HB 26 would limit the amount that public agencies can charge the public following a request for public records. HB 29 would require that organizations who exist solely to provide funds or property to government agencies be subject to the Inspection of Public Records Act and Open Meetings Act.</pre></div>
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on President Trump’s Declaration of a Border Emergency ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas__Statement_on_President_Trump_s_Declaration_of_a_Border_Emergency.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – “As Attorney General of a border state, I am appalled that the Executive Branch would manufacture an ’emergency’ related to border wall funds, and I will continue to aggressively enforce and defend the rule of law, as I have previously by defending DACA recipients and combatting Trump’s efforts to separate children from their families.”</pre></div>
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas announces Indictment of Marvin Archuleta for Rape and Restraint of a 6-year-old boy ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_announces_Indictment_of_Marvin_Archuleta_for_Rape_and_Restraint_of_a_6_year_old_boy.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Thursday afternoon, a Santa Fe grand jury returned an indictment against Marvin Archuleta, a former Catholic priest at Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz, New Mexico in the 1970s and 1980s, finding probable cause to believe Archuleta committed two first-degree felonies, criminal sexual penetration of a child under thirteen and kidnapping.</pre></div>
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas calls on New Mexico Legislature to protect victims of horrific child abuse, pass HB 488 ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_calls_on_New_Mexico_Legislature_to_protect_victims_of_horrific_child_abuse__pass_HB_488.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas called on the New Mexico Legislature to pass House Bill 488, which would require all New Mexicans to report suspicion of child abuse to the proper authorities for prevention and intervention.</pre></div>
Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas announces grand jury indictment of guardianship distributor CEO ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_announces_grand_jury_indictment_of_guardianship_distributor_CEO.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the grand jury indictment of Pamela Crumpler, CEO of Guardian Angels. Crumpler is indicted on two counts, including 2nd-degree felony Embezzlement (Over $20,000), and 3rd-degree felony Tampering with Evidence.</pre></div>
Tue, 12 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on failure of Gold King wastewater treatment facility ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_failure_of_Gold_King_wastewater_treatment_facility.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Please see the below statement from Attorney General Hector Balderas, regarding yesterday’s failure of the Gladstone Wastewater Treatment Facility.</pre></div>
Sat, 16 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Releases NCAA Tournament Bracket; Picks Aggies to Upset #5 Auburn ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Releases_NCAA_Tournament_Bracket%3B_Picks_Aggies_to_Upset_%235_Auburn_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released his 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket.</pre></div>
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Investigation into non-profit accused of underpaying employees with disabilities ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Investigation_into_non_profit_accused_of_underpaying_employees_with_disabilities.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced an investigation into Adelante Development Center, a non-profit designed to provide employment opportunities for members of the disability community, after allegations that the organization grossly underpaid employees and kept the profits.</pre></div>
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Releases NCAA Tournament Bracket; Picks Aggies to Upset #5 Auburn ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Releases_NCAA_Tournament_Bracket%3B_Picks_Aggies_to_Upset_%235_Auburn_2.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released his 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket.

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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Calls Opposes CFPB Effort to Delay Protections from Payday Lenders ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Calls_Opposes_CFPB_Effort_to_Delay_Protections_from_Payday_Lenders.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to take immediate action to protect consumers from abuses in payday lending, vehicle title lending, and other types of high-cost exploitative consumer lending, after a rule aimed at protecting borrowers from abusive lenders was delayed a second time.</pre></div>
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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NMAGO Special Agents arrest Albuquerque foster parent in undercover sting ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/NMAGO_Special_Agents_arrest_Albuquerque_foster_parent_in_undercover_sting.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, special agents with the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General arrested Joshua Saavedra for attempting to solicit sex with a minor…</pre></div>
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on Sen. Tom Udall not seeking reelection ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_Sen._Tom_Udall_not_seeking_reelection.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Please see the below statement from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, following the announcement that U.S. Senator Tom Udall will not seek reelection:

“I’d like to thank Senator Udall for his decades of public service,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “Senator Udall fought for New Mexican families long before he was a United States Senator, and I’m confident he’ll continue to be a champion for New Mexico’s people for the remainder of his term and beyond.”
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Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas announces successful detention of foster parent who attempted to solicit sex from minor ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_announces_successful_detention_of_foster_parent_who_attempted_to_solicit_sex_from_minor.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the successful preventative detention of Joshua Saavedra. Saavedra attempted to solicit sex with a minor, and was arrested by NMAGO Special Agents after an undercover chat operation, in which an agent posed as a mother offering…</pre></div>
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on Filing of Private Lawsuit against Las Vegas Mayor ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_Filing_of_Private_Lawsuit_against_Las_Vegas_Mayor.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Please see the below statement from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, following the filing of a private lawsuit against Las Vegas mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron:

“These new allegations of public abuse are concerning, especially when my office is conducting an ongoing criminal investigation of Ms. Gurule-Giron.”
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Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas tells US Dept. of Health that new draft drug report is dangerous, potentially deadly for New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_tells_US_Dept._of_Health_that_new_draft_drug_report_is_dangerous__potentially_deadly_for_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to the United States Department of Health and Human Services sharing concerns about the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Draft Report. AG Balderas, and 35 additional Attorneys General believe that the draft report, sent to the chief medical officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, weakens guidelines published by the CDC, believes reports should be aimed at decreasing the risk of opioid misuse in the United States.</pre></div>
Fri, 29 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Issues Risk Advisory Regarding Consumers Harmed by the Abrupt Closing of Maurer’s Collision in Albuquerque ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Issues_Risk_Advisory_Regarding_Consumers_Harmed_by_the_Abrupt_Closing_of_Maurer%E2%80%99s_Collision_in_Albuquerque.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a Consumer Risk Alert for New Mexicans impacted by the closing of Maurer’s Collision in Albuquerque. Although it is unclear how many customers are affected, it appears some consumers have gone several months without their vehicle and have also paid for repairs that have not been completed.</pre></div>
Mon, 01 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas opposes unlawful Trump Administration effort to strip New Mexicans of Food Stamp benefits ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_opposes_unlawful_Trump_Administration_effort_to_strip_New_Mexicans_of_Food_Stamp_benefits_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas opposed an unlawful Trump administration effort to strip residents of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, commonly called “food stamps.” AG Balderas and 20 additional Attorneys General filed a comment letter against a proposed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) rule that would limit states’ ability to extend SNAP benefits beyond a three-month period for certain adults. This means more than 750,000 people nationwide could lose their nutrition benefits. </pre></div>
Wed, 03 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Motion to Block President Trump from Illegally Stealing Law Enforcement Funding for Construction of a Border Wall ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Motion_to_Block_President_Trump_from_Illegally_Stealing_Law_Enforcement_Funding_for_Construction_of_a_Border_Wall.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas led a coalition of 20 states, in filing a motion to block the Trump Administration’s attempt to unlawfully divert $1.6 billion in federal funds to build a border wall. The motion was filed in the Northern District of California as part of the coalition’s ongoing lawsuit challenging President Trump’s unconstitutional action to divert funding and resources meant for law enforcement, drug interdiction, and military construction projects. The coalition requests the court immediately stop the Trump Administration from diverting $1.6 billion in funding that Congress intended for state and local law enforcement agencies. Through their motion, the states also seek to protect environmental resources that would be imminently harmed by the construction of a border wall on the southern border in New Mexico.</pre></div>
Fri, 05 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Statement from AG Balderas following Wednesday’s Proceedings ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Statement_from_AG_Balderas_following_Wednesday_s_Proceedings.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Please see the below statement, attributable to Attorney General Balderas:

“My prosecutors have a duty on behalf of Officer Webster and his loved ones to confront the defendant and get truth. We oppose the defense’s motion and request the case be submitted to the jury.”
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Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Guilty Verdict in Murder Case of Albuquerque Police Officer ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Guilty_Verdict_in_Murder_Case_of_Albuquerque_Police_Officer.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas secured a guilty verdict in the murder of Albuquerque Police Department Officer Daniel Webster. A jury of Davon Lymon’s peers found him guilty of several counts, including first-degree murder.</pre></div>
Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on Detention of Migrants near Sunland Park ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_Detention_of_Migrants_near_Sunland_Park.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Please see the below statement from Attorney General Hector Balderas:

“My office has been informed that this week, an armed group has detained nearly 300 people near Sunland Park, New Mexico,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “These individuals should not attempt to exercise authority reserved for law enforcement.”
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Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on Arrest of armed individual detaining migrants at the border ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_Arrest_of_armed_individual_detaining_migrants_at_the_border.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Please see the below statement from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, following the FBI arrest of Larry Mitchell Hopkins, a member of the armed group of individuals reportedly detaining migrants near Sunland Park, New Mexico, for being a felon in possession of a weapon:

“This is a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families. Today’s arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes.”
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Mon, 22 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on Passing of Judge Matthew J. Sandoval ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_Passing_of_Judge_Matthew_J._Sandoval.pdf
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Albuquerque, NM – Please see the below statement from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, following the news of the passing of Matthew J. Sandoval:

“I am saddened by the loss of a true judicial leader in our community,” said Attorney General Balderas. “Judge Sandoval was an honorable man and a friend. He had the heart of a public servant with almost 50 years of service. I send my heartfelt condolences to his wife Loretta and the entire Sandoval family.”
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Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on the Passing of Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr. ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_the_Passing_of_Secretary_Manuel_Lujan_Jr..pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Please see the below statement from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, following the news of the passing of Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr.</pre></div>
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Default Judgement against Out of Compliance Charity in First-of-its-Kind Order ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Default_Judgement_against_Out_of_Compliance_Charity_in_First_of_its_Kind_Order.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the default judgement against an out-of-state non-profit organization that was not complying with state law. This judgement against the “For All Kids” Foundation is the first of its kind in New Mexico, and the first as part of a statewide charity compliance sweep being conducted by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General.</pre></div>
Wed, 01 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Major Environmental victory over Trump EPA ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Major_Environmental_victory_over_Trump_EPA.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a major environmental victory over the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency. A federal court in California ruled that EPA failed to perform mandatory duties to implement its own 2016 rules for reducing methane emissions from municipal landfills. New Mexico submitted its plan to enforce the rule prior to the May 2017 compliance deadline, but EPA failed to act – refusing to take required actions to implement the rule.</pre></div>
Tue, 07 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Life Sentence, without parole, for Cop-Killer Davon Lymon ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Life_Sentence__without_parole__for_Cop_Killer_Davon_Lymon.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a sentence of more than life in prison for convicted cop-killer Davon Lymon. Lymon was convicted last month on 8 counts, including first-degree willful and deliberate murder of Albuquerque Police Officer and Army Veteran Daniel Webster. That conviction carries a mandatory life sentence, without the possibility of parole.</pre></div>
Tue, 07 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on Contamination near Holloman Air Force Base ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_Contamination_near_Holloman_Air_Force_Base.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Please see the attached letter from Attorney General Hector Balderas and New Mexico Environment Secretary James Kenney.</pre></div>
Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Gary Gregor, Teacher who Raped Multiple Students in Rio Arriba County will Spend 108 years in Jail ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Gary_Gregor__Teacher_who_Raped_Multiple_Students_in_Rio_Arriba_County_will_Spend_108_years_in_Jail.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Gary Gregor, the teacher who sexually assaulted multiple students in Rio Arriba County was sentenced to more than a century in prison. In December, AG Balderas successfully secured multiple convictions against Gregor, for sexually assaulting 4th grade students during the 2007-2008 school year at Fairview Elementary School.</pre></div>
Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas secures additional three-year sentence against man previously convicted of voyeurism ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_secures_additional_three_year_sentence_against_man_previously_convicted_of_voyeurism.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas secured an additional three-year sentence against Mark Webb, the man convicted of secretly recording graphic videos of an underage female in the bathroom. The Attorney General previously convicted Webb of Voyeurism at trial in 2016, and secured a conviction to second-degree sexual exploitation of children by manufacture in 2018. Today’s sentencing was for the additional charge of sexual exploitation of children by manufacture which was bifurcated from the Voyeurism case.</pre></div>
Mon, 20 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on the Passing of Senator John Pinto ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_the_Passing_of_Senator_John_Pinto.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Please see the below statement from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, following the news of the passing of Senator John Pinto.</pre></div>
Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Multiple Felony Convictions against Convicted Sex Offender ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Multiple_Felony_Convictions_against_Convicted_Sex_Offender.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Balderas announced that a Bernalillo County jury convicted 28 year-old Edward Cebada of forcibly raping a 16 year-old high-school female in her car at Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque while he was on sex-offender parole. Jurors convicted Cebada of one count of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor and one count of Attempt to Commit Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor after a weeklong trial.</pre></div>
Tue, 04 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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CONSUMER HEALTH WARNING AG Balderas Issues Alert Regarding “Vampire Facials” ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/CONSUMER_HEALTH_WARNING_AG_Balderas_Issues_Alert_Regarding_%E2%80%9CVampire_Facials%E2%80%9D.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a health warning to consumers regarding procedures known as “Vampire Facials,” or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy; warning that the unregulated procedures are highly dangerous and that individuals in New Mexico have contracted HIV after receiving the procedures.</pre></div>
Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces $2.7 Million in Debt Relief for 252 former New Mexican ITT Tech Students in Multistate Settlement with Private Lender ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_%242.7_Million_in_Debt_Relief_for_252_former_New_Mexican_ITT_Tech_Students_in_Multistate_Settlement_with_Private_Lender.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a settlement of $2.7 million in debt relief for 252 former ITT Tech students in New Mexico as part of a 43 state multistate settlement. Nationally, the settlement will result in debt relief of more than $168 million for more than 22,000 former ITT students.</pre></div>
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas urges Congress to take action to protect integrity of America’s elections ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_urges_Congress_to_take_action_to_protect_integrity_of_America%E2%80%99s_elections.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM — Today, in expressing his “significant concern regarding the persistent threats to our election systems,” Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a total 22 attorneys general from around the country to urge Congress to take action to protect the integrity of America’s elections.</pre></div>
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on President Trump’s Latest Roll Back of Environmental Protections ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas__Statement_on_President_Trump_s_Latest_Roll_Back_of_Environmental_Protections.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM — Please see the below statement from Attorney General Hector Balderas, following President Trump and the Environmental Protection Agency’s issuance of the “Affordable Clean Energy” rule:

“President Trump continues to…
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Wed, 19 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Warns CFPB that Weakening Debit Card Overdraft Fee Rule Will Harm New Mexican Consumers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Warns_CFPB_that_Weakening_Debit_Card_Overdraft_Fee_Rule_Will_Harm_New_Mexican_Consumers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 25 State Attorneys General in opposing any effort by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to roll back or limit its Overdraft Rule. The rule, currently in place, permits banks to charge fees to consumers for overdraft services on ATM and one-time debit transactions only after consumers have been provided with important information about those services and fees in a model notice, and only after those consumers have made the affirmative choice to opt in to such services.</pre></div>
Tue, 02 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Secures Felony Plea in Albuquerque Embezzlement Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Secures_Felony_Plea_in_Albuquerque_Embezzlement_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas secured a guilty plea in a case involving an embezzlement from an Albuquerque small business. Mica Tyler plead to a second degree felony for stealing over $100,000 from Toyomasters while acting as its bookkeeper.</pre></div>
Wed, 03 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on the Passing of Judge Sarah Singleton ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_the_Passing_of_Judge_Sarah_Singleton.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Please see the below statement from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, following the news of the passing of Judge Sarah Singleton.</pre></div>
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Opposes Trump Administration Rule to Deny Critical Housing Assistance to Migrant Families ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Opposes_Trump_Administration_Rule_to_Deny_Critical_Housing_Assistance_to_Migrant_Families.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas, joining a coalition of 23 states, today submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) opposing a new rule proposal that would deny housing assistance to mixed-status families that include any undocumented immigrants. The new proposal would result in the eviction of thousands of families, including many children and lawful residents and citizens, who rely on housing assistance for their homes. If enacted, the Proposed Rule will harm the States, their residents, their local economies, and the public health.</pre></div>
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Indictment Against Woman Alleged to Have Exploited Alamogordo Nursing Home Resident for Over $80,000
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM–This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Guadalulpe Evelyn Kingston was indicted by an Otero County Grand Jury on 18 felony charges including Exploitation, Forgery, Unlawful use of a Debit Card, Theft of Identity and Falsification of Documents, for allegedly stealing over $80,000 from an elderly nursing home resident who suffers from dementia.</pre></div>
Wed, 10 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Defends Human Rights of Children in Civil Immigration Detention ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Defends_Human_Rights_of_Children_in_Civil_Immigration_Detention.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a coalition of attorneys general, in filing an amicus brief to defend the human rights of children in civil immigration detention in the United States. In the brief filed with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the coalition urges the court to grant immediate relief to remedy the imminent threat to the health and welfare of immigrant children detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Under the Flores Settlement Agreement, children have the right to safe and sanitary conditions of detention and prompt release or placement at a state-licensed facility. However, under the Trump Administration, immigrant children have been held for weeks in inhumane conditions without access to basic necessities like soap, clean water, toothbrushes, showers, or a place to sleep.</pre></div>
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Court Brief to Protect New Mexicans from Opioid Overdoses ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Court_Brief_to_Protect_New_Mexicans_from_Opioid_Overdoses.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Attorney General Balderas today joined a coalition of eight states in filing a brief supporting the rights of states to enact public health policies that can prevent opioid overdoses, save lives, and treat those suffering from opioid use disorder. The amicus brief, filed today in United States v. Safehouse before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, opposes a Trump administration effort to stop Safehouse, a Pennsylvania nonprofit, from operating a life-saving “safe injection site” that can prevent opioid overdose deaths.</pre></div>
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Urges FDA to Partner with States to Protect New Mexican Consumers of Cannabis-Derived Products ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Urges_FDA_to_Partner_with_States_to_Protect_New_Mexican_Consumers_of_Cannabis_Derived_Products.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a coalition of 37 bipartisan State Attorneys General urging federal cooperation with the states to protect consumers from false advertising and harms to their health from products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD). In a public comment filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the AGs highlight the need for research into the risks and potential benefits of cannabinoid products to inform consumers and assist in state-level regulation. They also encourage the FDA to continue partnering with state consumer protection authorities as it considers guidelines for this emerging market. </pre></div>
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas to Host Blood Drive with State Attorneys General Across the Country ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_to_Host_Blood_Drive_with_State_Attorneys_General_Across_the_Country.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General are hosting a blood drive in coordination with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to promote NAAG’s 2019 presidential initiative on emergency and crisis management. State attorneys general are partnering with local blood donation centers to host blood drives from late summer through early fall. The New Mexico Attorney General’s office blood drive will be held on July 24th from 8:30AM to 2:00PM. The location will be located inside the Hyatt Regency downtown Albuquerque inside the Atrium area next to registration Desk.</pre></div>
Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Leads $600 Million Multi-state Settlement with Equifax in Largest Data Breach Settlement in History <br /> ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Leads_%24600_Million_Multi_state_Settlement_with_Equifax_in_Largest_Data_Breach_Settlement_in_History.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM— Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced that a coalition of 50 Attorneys General has reached a settlement with Equifax as the result of its massive 2017 data breach. The Attorneys General investigation found that Equifax’s failure to maintain a reasonable security system enabled hackers to penetrate its systems, exposing the data of more than half of all American adults—the largest-ever breach of consumer data. The Attorneys General secured a settlement with Equifax that includes up to $425 million in consumer restitution, a $175 million payment to the states, and an injunction requiring significant improvements to Equifax’s business and data security practices. This is the largest data breach enforcement action in U.S. history, brining millions of dollars of restitution to New Mexican consumers and nearly $2.3 million to the State.</pre></div>
Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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State files preliminary injunction against Air Force to compel it to address PFAScontamination <br /> ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/State_files_preliminary_injunction_against_Air_Force_to_compel_it_to_address_PFAS_contamination.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — Today, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and Attorney General Hector
Balderas filed a request in federal court for emergency relief from environmental contamination caused by per-
and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
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Wed, 24 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Charges Albuquerque Nurse Practitioner Alleged to Have Caused the Death of Three Patients by Overprescribing Opioids ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Charges_Albuquerque_Nurse_Practitioner.pdf
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Albuquerque, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas filed charges against Andrei V. Marchenko on nine felony charges including Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Death, Involuntary Manslaughter, Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Physical Harm and Medicaid Fraud in Excess of $2,500. The Defendant allegedly defrauded the State’s Medicaid program and overprescribed opioids to his patients, which ultimately led to three deaths and two overdoses.
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Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on the Department of Justice’s Announced Agreement on T-mobile/Sprint Merger ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_the_Department_of_Justice%E2%80%99s_Announced_Agreement_on_T_mobileSprint_Merger.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement following the Department of Justice’s announcement:


“I’m pleased by the DOJ’s actions taken in order to maximize rural cell phone service and strengthen public safety communication,” said Attorney General Balderas.
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Fri, 26 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Ensures Convicted Sex Offender Stays in Prison for Raping High-School Girl ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Ensures_Convicted_Sex_Offender_Stays_in_Prison_for_Raping_High_School_Girl.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Balderas announced that Second Judicial District Court Judge Jacqueline Flores sentenced 28-year-old Edward Cebada to 16 years in prison for forcibly raping a 16-year-old high-school female in her car at Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque while he was on sex-offender parole. A Bernalillo County jury in June of 2019 convicted Cebada of one count of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor and one count of Attempt to Commit Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor after a weeklong trial. This case was investigated and prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General. </pre></div>
Wed, 31 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Early Dismissal of Former Secretary of State’s IPRA Lawsuit ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Early_Dismissal_of_Former_Secretary_of_State%E2%80%99s_IPRA_Lawsuit.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a recent district court order entering summary judgment against former Secretary of State Mary Herrera, declaring that as a matter of law there was no basis for her Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) lawsuit against the Office of the Attorney General. Herrerra alleged that the Office violated IPRA, and the Court found that she “failed to provide any reliable evidence” to support her allegations.</pre></div>
Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Urges Congress to Act on Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Urges_Congress_to_Act_on_Toxic_%E2%80%98Forever%E2%80%99_Chemicals.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Attorney General Balderas today released a joint letter to Congress, signed by a coalition of 21 State Attorneys General strongly urging the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to pass legislation to aid states in addressing the public health threat of toxic “forever” chemicals. In the letter sent to Congressional leadership, the coalition calls for action to help states address and prevent the growing dangers of a family of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of super-resilient, man-made chemicals contaminating drinking water and other media throughout the nation. Additionally, the Attorneys General urged Congress to provide financial assistance to help state and local governments offset the high cost burden of cleaning up drinking water supplies.</pre></div>
Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on El Paso Mass Shooting ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_El_Paso_Mass_Shooting.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM–Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding today’s mass shooting in El Paso:


“I am grateful to the brave law enforcement and first responders in El Paso today, and I’m so saddened by these acts of domestic terrorism harming our communities. We must be united against cowards who carry out senseless acts of violence.” said Attorney General Balderas.
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Mon, 05 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General/District Attorney Task Force Secures Indictment of Former Miss New Mexico Executive Director for Fraud, Embezzlement, Racketeering, & Tax Evasion ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_DA_Task_Force_Secures_Indictment_of_Former_Miss_New_Mexico_Executive_Director__1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM–Attorney General Hector Balderas and District Attorney Andrea Reeb today announced that a Roosevelt County Grand Jury indicted former Miss New Mexico Executive Director Greg Smith on charges that he stole money from the organization, funds which were designated for participant scholarships. The Grand Jury indicted Smith on 18 felony charges of embezzlement, fraud, racketeering, tax evasion, and issuing worthless checks.</pre></div>
Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Seeks to Intervene in Second Census Challenge Lawsuit ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Seeks_to_Intervene_in_Second_Census_Challenge_Lawsuit.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Today, Attorney General Balderas joined a 26-member coalition from around the country — including 15 states, the District of Columbia, three counties, six cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors — in opposing the State of Alabama’s attempt to refuse counting every individual in the 2020 decennial census. While the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as their respective leaders, have been named as defendants in the case, New Mexico moved to intervene as a defendant in the federal case of Alabama v. U.S. Department of Commerce, in the Northern District of Alabama, to ensure the case is properly presented and that every resident in America — irrespective of citizenship status — is counted in the decennial census.</pre></div>
Mon, 12 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Condemns President Trump’s Proposed Rule that Eliminates Anti-Discrimination Protections in Affordable Care Act ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Balderas_Condemns_President_Trump%E2%80%99s_Proposed_Rule_that_Eliminates_Anti_Discrimination.docx
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Today, Attorney General Balderas joined a coalition of 22 attorneys general in submitting a comment letter opposing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule to drastically undermine Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination in federal healthcare programs, benefits, and services. Specifically, Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age. The proposed rule would roll back anti-discrimination protections for women, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with limited English proficiency, and individuals with disabilities by undermining critical legal protections that guarantee healthcare as a right.</pre></div>
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Sues President Trump Challenging Department of Homeland Securities’ Attempt to Impose “Public Charge” Rule ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Sues_President_Trump_Challenging_Department_of_Homeland_Securities.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM— Today Attorney General Hector Balderas and 13 other attorneys general filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over changes to the “public charge” rule that target immigrants and their families. Under the changes, if an immigrant who is legally in the country uses benefits to which he or she is entitled ? such as food assistance to feed their U.S. citizen children or housing assistance ? even for a short time, the federal government may revoke their legal status, or even deport them.</pre></div>
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Leads 10 States and the District of Columbia in Opposing EPA’s Illegal Pesticide Reviews ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Leads_10_States_and_the_District_of_Columbia_in_Opposing_EPA%E2%80%99s_Illegal_Pesticide_Reviews.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a comment letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, blasting the agency’s apparent attempt to violate the Endangered Species Act in its rollback of pesticide review requirements meant to prevent harm to federally endangered species. New Mexico and nine other states, plus the District of Columbia, are urging EPA to withdraw its ill-conceived rollback.</pre></div>
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Lawsuit Opposing Trump Administration’s Rule Allowing Prolonged Detention of Children ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Files_Lawsuit_Opposing_Trump_Admin_Rule_Allowing_Prolonged_Detention_of_Children.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced he is filing a lawsuit opposing the Trump Administration’s new rule circumventing the Flores Settlement Agreement, which has governed the treatment of children in immigration custody since 1997. In the complaint before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the coalition argues that the rule eliminates several critical protections guaranteed by the Flores Settlement Agreement. In particular, the prolonged detention risked by the rule would cause irreparable harm to children, their families, and the California communities that accept them upon their release from federal custody.</pre></div>
Mon, 26 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas, Senator Heinrich Welcome Xcel Energy Announcement On Sagamore Wind Project ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas__Senator_Heinrich_Welcome_Xcel_Energy_Announcement_On_Sagamore_Wind_Project.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM– Attorney General Hector Balderas and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statements after Xcel Energy announced that construction on the 522-megawatt Sagamore Wind Project in Roosevelt County will move forward this year. The $900 million project will be New Mexico’s largest wind farm, and once completed will provide enough clean, affordable electricity to power close to 194,000 typical homes annually.</pre></div>
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Seeks Congressional Support for Autism Services ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Seeks_Congressional_Support_for_Autism_Services_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced that he is joining a bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general calling upon Congress to authorize the Autism CARES Act of 2019. This legislation provides ongoing federal support for research into autism spectrum disorders (“ASD”) and services to those affected by these conditions.</pre></div>
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Joins Bipartisan Coalition Fighting for Student Borrowers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Joins_Bipartisan_Coalition_Fighting_for_Student_Borrowers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a bipartisan coalition of 32 attorneys general from around the country in defending the states’ vital ability to enforce state and federal consumer protection laws against student loan servicers. In an amicus brief filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the attorneys general argue that the case brought by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania against student loan servicer Navient for exploiting student loan borrowers should be permitted to go forward in the federal courts.</pre></div>
Fri, 30 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas, DA Luce Announce Indictment of Man for 2017 Murder of Roswell Woman ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas__DA_Luce_Announce_Indictment_of_Man_for_2017_Murder_of_Roswell_Woman.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM–This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Fifth Judicial District Attorney Dianna Luce announced that their offices secured an indictment against Castulo Michael Aragon on counts of First Degree Murder and three counts of Tampering with Evidence for the 2017 murder of Maria Elena Tilton Aragon in Roswell.</pre></div>
Fri, 30 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Joins Coalition Demanding Answers from Trump Administration Over Changes to Program that Provides Immigrants with Lifesaving Medical Care ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_Coalition_Demanding_Answers_from_Trump_Administration_Over_Changes_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas, joining a coalition of 20 attorneys general led by New York Attorney General Letitia James and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, today called on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to provide immediate answers regarding the status and oversight of the federal government’s medical deferred action program. For years, medical deferred action has allowed immigrants to apply to remain in the United States if they are in extreme medical need. USCIS has long overseen and managed this program, but last week, without warning, USCIS informed applicants in denial letters that the agency is no longer overseeing the program. The Trump Administration has since failed to issue any formal directive or guidance on the new process for reviewing medical deferred action requests, including what federal agency is overseeing the program, and the coalition is demanding answers. </pre></div>
Wed, 04 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas’ Statement on the Passing of Justice Charles Daniels ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_the_Passing_of_Justice_Charles_Daniels.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—In response to the news that Justice Charles Daniels passed away, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement:



“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Justice Charles Daniels. He was a champion of fairness and equality in our judicial system, and the State of New Mexico benefited greatly from his service. My thoughts are with his family and friends.”
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Wed, 04 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Results of Phase 1 of New Statewide Violent Fugitive Round Up “Operation Steel Net”; Ongoing Operation Targets Dangerous Criminals Accused of Violent Crimes and Sex Offenses in Rural & Urban Communities ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Results_of_Phase_1_of_New_Statewide_Violent_Fugitive_Round_Up_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, in coordination with Seventh Judicial District Attorney Clint Wellborn, Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Socorro County Sheriff’s Office, Region V Drug Task Force, Region IV Probation and Parole, Portales Police Department, and Clovis Police Department, conducted phase I of Operation Steel Net. This operation was a coordinated law-enforcement effort to find and arrest violent offenders with outstanding warrants in rural and urban communities in Curry County, Roosevelt County, and Socorro County. This operation is a result of months worth of intelligence gathering, analysis, and coordination with local law enforcement to execute Operation Steel Net on September 4 – 5, 2019. This operation resulted in 23 successful arrests of violent criminals wanted by the Court.</pre></div>
Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas to Investigate Google Ad Practices on Behalf of New Mexican Consumers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_to_Investigate_Google_Ad_Practices_on_Behalf_of_New_Mexican_Consumers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—AG Balderas announced today that he, along with 49 other Attorneys General, is investigating Google’s overarching control of online advertising markets and search traffic that may have led to anticompetitive behavior that harms consumers and creates a barrier to access to free digital markets.</pre></div>
Mon, 09 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Lawsuit Against Purdue Pharma’s Sackler Family for Fueling Opioid Crisis ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Lawsuit_Against_Purdue_Pharma_s_Sackler_Family_for_Fueling_Opioid_Crisis.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Today, Attorney General Balderas took yet another step in holding accountable those responsible for New Mexico’s opioid epidemic. In a lawsuit filed today, Attorney General Balderas brought action against the Sackler family for masterminding illegal and deceptive practices which caused millions of pills to come flooding into New Mexico. These eight members of the billionaire Sackler Family have owned and controlled Purdue for decades. Until recently, the Sacklers controlled a majority of the seats on the company’s board and used the company to execute illegal and deadly schemes which helped lead New Mexico and the rest of the nation into the epidemic we are currently facing, all the while paying themselves billions.</pre></div>
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Four-Year Prison Sentence, $140,000 in Restitution Against Firearms Instructor Who Cheated the State ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Four_Year_Prison_Sentence__%24140_000_in_Restitution_Against_Firearms_Instructor_Who_Cheated_the_State.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Edward Boysel, who fraudulently operated a concealed firearms training business while failing to report his income and unlawfully receiving state benefits, will be spending four years in the Department of Corrections. </pre></div>
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas, NM Coalition of Sexual Assult Programs Warn About ‘At-Home Rape Kit’ Companies, Issues Risk Advisory ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_NM_Coalition_of_Sexual_Assult_Programs_Warn_About_At_Home_Rape_Kit_Companies.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs issued the following statements and risk advisory to all New Mexicans in response to increased reporting about the rise of so called “DIY rape kits,” which are set to be sold commercially by MeToo Kits Company, based in New York City, and the New Jersey-based The Preserve Group. Attorney General Balderas issued the advisory because of the extremely dangerous suggestion by any commercial entity that survivors of sexual assault should personally administer evidence-collection kits as a substitute for a professional forensic exam.</pre></div>
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Issues Statement on the Passing of Senator Carlos Cisneros ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Issues_Statement_on_the_Passing_of_Senator_Carlos_Cisneros.pdf
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Albuquerque, NM–In response to the news that Senator Carlos Cisneros passed away, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement:

“I am incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Senator Carlos Cisneros, who was a champion of New Mexican families, particularly for our rural communities. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”
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Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Urges CFPB to Place Consumers’ Interests Over Debt Collectors’ <br /> ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Urges_CFPB_to_Place_Consumers%E2%80%99_Interests.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM–New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced he joined a bipartisan coalition of 28 attorneys general from around the nation in sending a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) urging the agency to revise its proposed debt collection rule and place the interests of consumers over those of debt collectors.</pre></div>
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Charges Roswell Couple Accused of Stealing over $1 Million from Local Restaurant ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Charges_Roswell_Couple_Accused_of_Stealing_over_%241_Million_from_Local_Restaurant.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his office filed charges in Chaves County Magistrate Court, charging Brian and Tammy Casaus with multiple felony crimes stemming from their theft from the Cattle Baron Restaurant in Roswell. The two are charged with 28 and 24 felony counts, respectively, including for embezzlement, money laundering, and tax fraud.</pre></div>
Mon, 23 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS OPPOSING TRUMP RULE THAT WOULD TAKE FOOD ASSISTANCE AWAY FROM MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_OPPOSING_TRUMP_RULE_THAT_WOULD_TAKE_FOOD_ASSISTANCE_AWAY_FROM_MILLIONS_OF_PEOPLE.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM–Attorney General Balderas today joined a coalition of 24 attorneys general opposing the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The proposed changes would take basic food assistance away from more than three million people, disqualify hundreds of thousands of children from free school meals, and punish working families with modest savings. The coalition filed a comment letter against a proposed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) rule that would end states’ ability to set rules for SNAP eligibility based on the unique needs of their communities. The letter argues that the proposed rule would violate federal law and harm the states, their residents, their local economies, and public health.</pre></div>
Tue, 24 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas and Fifth DA Luce Prevail in Joint Motion to Detain Alleged First-Degree Murderer Until Trial ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_and_Fifth_DA_Luce_Prevail_in_Joint_Motion.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and District Attorney Diana Luce announced that Castulo Michael Aragon, who has been indicted for the alleged first-degree murder of Roswell resident Maria Elina Aragon, will remain incarcerated until his trial. The State alleges that in March 2017 Castulo Aragon murdered his wife Maria Aragon, a deaf and hearing specialist with the Roswell Independent School District for many years, and subsequently dumped her body off the side of a road southeast of Vaughn. </pre></div>
Wed, 25 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Criminal Charges Against Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Deputy for Student Tasing Incident ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Criminal_Charges_Against_Rio_Arriba_Sheriff%E2%80%99s_Deputy.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM–This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General filed a criminal information against Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Barnes for the May 2019 tasing of a special needs student at Española Valley High School. Barnes faces felony charges for child abuse and false imprisonment, as well as charges of aggravated battery and violation of the Governmental Conduct Act.</pre></div>
Wed, 25 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Sues to Stop Trump Administration’s Rollback of Endangered Species Act Regulations ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Sues_to_Stop_Trump_Administration%E2%80%99s_Rollback_of_Endangered_Species_Act_Regulations_1.pdf
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Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas, joining a coalition of 18 attorneys general and the City of New York, today filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s rollback of the Endangered Species Act. The challenge argues that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision to finalize three rules that undermine the key requirements and purpose of the Endangered Species Act is unlawful.
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Wed, 25 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Brief in U.S. Supreme Court to Preserve DACA and Protect DREAMers <br /> ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Brief_in_U.S._Supreme_Court_to_Preserve_DACA_and_Protect_DREAMers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM–Attorney General Balderas, joining a coalition of 16 attorneys general, announced today the filing of a brief in the United States Supreme Court in the coalition’s ongoing lawsuit to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The lawsuit, originally filed in September 2017 and to be heard by the Supreme Court this fall, argues that the Trump Administration’s attempt to revoke DACA was based on a faulty legal analysis and harmed State residents, institutions, and economies.</pre></div>
Mon, 30 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Issues Risk Advisory on Dangers of E-cigarettes, Vaping ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Issues_Risk_Advisory_on_Dangers_of_E_cigarettes__Vaping.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement and risk advisory to all New Mexicans in response to increased reporting about the rise of deaths and health risks related to e-cigarettes and the practice of vaping, and the federal Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA’s”) announcement that it will begin working with the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) to investigate criminal activity related to the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes. </pre></div>
Tue, 01 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas, Mayor Keller, Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence Announce Results of Domestic Violence Warrant Round Up; Future Domestic Violence Trainings ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Mayor_Keller_Senator_Antoinette_Sedillo_Lopez_NM_Coalition_Against_Domestic_Violence_Announce_Results.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, in coordination with Mayor Tim Keller, Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, and the NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence announced the results of phase two of Operation Steel Net. This operation was a coordinated law enforcement effort between the Office of the Attorney General, the Albuquerque Police Department, the US Marshal Service Task Force, the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance, and the Department of Corrections to find and arrest violent offenders with outstanding warrants in the Albuquerque metro area. This operation is a result of months worth of intelligence gathering, analysis, and coordination, and it resulted in 39 successful arrests of violent criminals wanted by the Court, nearly all of them on charges related to domestic violence.</pre></div>
Wed, 02 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General/District Attorney Task Force Secures Conviction, 36-Year Prison Sentence for Pecos Child Rapist ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_District_Attorney_Task_Force_Secures_Conviction_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General, in conjunction with the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s office, secured a three-count conviction of a Pecos man for the rape of his two-year-old daughter. Selito Dos Santos was convicted on two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and one criminal sexual contact of a minor. Dos Santos was sentenced to 36 years in prison for these offenses.


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Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Issues Statement on the Passing of Henry Morales ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Issues_Statement_on_the_Passing_of_Henry_Morales.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM–In response to the news that Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales’ father Henry passed away, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement:

“I’m deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales’ father. My thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time.”
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Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Farmington-Area Cold Case Against Man Accused of Molesting Former Girlfriend’s Daughter Will Proceed to Trial ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Farmington_Area_Cold_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that San Juan County Magistrate Court Judge Rena Scott found probable cause to believe Bennie Earl Wabbington committed four first-degree felonies in 2008 and 2009 by sexually penetrating his then-girlfriend’s daughter. The young woman — still a minor — courageously testified at the preliminary hearing in Farmington yesterday against the man charged with molesting her when she was a young child.</pre></div>
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas, Auditor Colón, and Treasurer Eichenberg Announce “Dream Bigger” Summit to Focus on Issues Impacting People with Disabilities ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas__Auditor_Col%C3%B3n__and_Treasurer_Eichenberg_Announce_%E2%80%9CDream_Bigger%E2%80%9D.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, with Auditor Brian Colón and Treasurer Tim Eichenberg announced that they will be holding the Dream Bigger Summit on disability rights and issues impacting people with disabilities. Taking place at Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque on Monday, October 28, 2019, the full day summit will focus on creating a more inclusive New Mexico. Presentations will include in-depth discussion from subject matter experts in multiple focus areas, highlighting when people with disabilities are properly informed, supported and protected, they can self-advocate and thrive in an inclusive environment. </pre></div>
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas on DeVos Contempt of Court ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_on_DeVos_Contempt_of_Court.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos being held in contempt of court: </pre></div>
Fri, 25 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Office of the Attorney General to host National DrugTake Back Day in Santa Fe <br /> ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Office_of_the_Attorney_General_to_host_National_Drug.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Tomorrow, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his office is hosting a National Drug Take Back Day location in downtown Santa Fe on Saturday, October 26th. New Mexicans can safely dispose of prescription drugs (no questions asked) like opioids, sleep medications and Benzodiazepines in order to keep them out of the hands of our youth and to prevent dangerous addictions. All types of prescription drugs will be accepted for safe disposal by the Office of the Attorney General at New Mexico Office of the Attorney General in Santa Fe from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday. Find a location near you at: https://takebackday.dea.gov/?msclkid=7806ad0c88dd10e6f3e2f0bfa7a0ff4a</pre></div>
Fri, 25 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Guilty Verdicts in Case of Albuquerque Man Accused of Trafficking his Own Children ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Guilty_Verdicts_in_Case_of_Albuquerque_Man.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that an Albuquerque jury convicted James Stewart, Sr. of three counts of human trafficking. Jurors found that between 2015 and 2018, Stewart, Sr. used his three minor children to panhandle around Albuquerque so he could use that money to buy drugs. All three children courageously testified against their father at trial.</pre></div>
Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Successful Appeal to Uphold Convictions of Albuquerque ‘Resident Child Molester’ ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Successful_Appeal_to_Uphold_Convictions.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the 2002 convictions of Jesse Lawrence Lente were upheld by the New Mexico Supreme Court, after the Office of the Attorney General successfully fought to overturn a district court decision to vacate some of Lente’s convictions. Lente was originally convicted of raping and molesting his step-daughter beginning when she was in the second grade and continuing over a period of years, occuring two to three times a week during that time period.</pre></div>
Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Guilty Verdicts in Case of Española Woman Accused of Voter Fraud ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Guilty_Verdicts_in_Case_of_Espa%C3%B1ola_Woman.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a Rio Arriba County jury convicted Laura Seeds of five counts of felony voter fraud Thursday in relation to her work on her husband Robert Seeds’ 2016 election campaign for an Española City Council seat. Seeds was found guilty of two counts of false statements, two counts of possessing absentee ballots, and one count of conspiracy to violate the Municipal Election Code.</pre></div>
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Probable Cause Finding Against Roswell Couple to Stand Trial for Stealing over $1 Million from Local Restaurant ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Probable_Cause_Finding_Against_Roswell.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that charges against Brian and Tammy Casaus will proceed to trial after a probable cause finding by the Chaves County Magistrate Court. The couple is charged with multiple felony crimes stemming from their theft from the Cattle Baron Restaurant in Roswell. The two are charged with 13 felony counts, respectively, including for racketeering, tax fraud, money laundering, and embezzlement.</pre></div>
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Calls on New Mexico Game Commission to Strengthen New Mexico’s Waterway Access Rules ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Calls_on_New_Mexico_Game_Commission.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas called on the New Mexico Game Commission to immediately strengthen its regulations to address waterway access in compliance with state law. The Attorney General’s call for action follows a years long debate surrounding the public’s right to access waterways that are adjacent to private land.</pre></div>
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Continues Fight Against Methane Pollution, Opposes President Trump’s EPA Proposal to Gut Standards for Harmful Super Pollutant ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Continues_Fight_Against_Methane_Pollution.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM– Today, Attorney General Balderas, joining a coalition of 22 attorneys general and the City of Chicago filed comments opposing an unlawful proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which would gut the current standards that limit emissions of methane and other harmful pollutants from new, reconstructed, and modified facilities in the oil and natural gas industry. This sector is the largest industrial source of methane emissions, a greenhouse gas up to 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide in its ability to trap heat.</pre></div>
Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Continues Fight Against Transgender Discrimination in Schools ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Continues_Fight_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Attorney General Balderas joined a coalition of 23 attorneys general fighting to support transgender rights in an antidiscrimination lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia. Gavin Grimm, a former student at Gloucester High School, sued the local school board in 2015 — when he was still a student — for discrimination that banned him from using the common male restrooms at his high school. The coalition filed an amicus brief in the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of Grimm in the case of Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board. </pre></div>
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Farmington-Area Cold Case Against Mother Accused of Molesting Her Own Daughter Will Proceed to Trial ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Announces_Farmington_Area_Cold_Case_Against_Mother_Accused_of_Molesting_Her_Daughter.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that San Juan County Magistrate Court Judge Rena Scott found probable cause to believe Brandy America Stevens committed seven first-degree felonies between 2005 and 2010 by sexually penetrating her own daughter. The young woman…</pre></div>
Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Issues Risk Advisory Regarding Reports of Planned Coyote-Killing Contests ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Issues_Risk_Advisory_Regarding_Reports_of_Planned_Coyote_Killing.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM?—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement and risk advisory to New Mexicans in response to reports of ?illegal coyote-killing contests proposed for the holiday weekend. The Office of the Attorney General warns New Mexicans that coyote-killing contests are prohibited under New Mexico law, NMSA 1978, Section 30-18-16. This law, which went into effect July 1, 2019, makes it a misdemeanor to organize or sponsor a coyote-killing contest and a petty misdemeanor to participate in one.</pre></div>
Mon, 02 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Gallup Vehicular Homicide Will Proceed to Trial ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Gallup_Vehicular_Homicide_Will_Proceed_to_Trial.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>GALLUP, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Gallup Magistrate Court Judge Virginia A Yazzie found probable cause to believe Mathew Vargas committed a second degree felony resulting in death on October 14, 2017 for a head-on vehicular homicide on State Road 118 near Gallup. Evidence was presented that Vargas suddenly veered across the center line into oncoming traffic when he struck and killed a motorist, Ernest Baker, in the other lane. Vargas’ car contained a half empty bottle of Goldschlager Whiskey and three Xanax pills were found in the defendant’s pants pockets. A blood test confirmed Vargas had excessive amounts of Xanax in his system at the time of the collision. </pre></div>
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Demands Answers from Uber Regarding Potential Abuses in New Mexico, Issues Risk Advisory ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Demands_Answers_from_Uber.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>SANTA FE, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas opened an investigation into potential harms to New Mexican consumers and issued a consumer safety alert today regarding popular ride-sharing service Uber. According to a new report from the company, thousands of Uber drivers and passengers reported being the victims of sexual assaults, physical assaults, motor-vehicle accidents, and other harms while using the Uber app from 2017 through 2018. During that period, Uber users also reported approximately 6,000 instances of unwanted touching, attempted rape, as well as 107 traffic accidents resulting in death and 19 physical assaults resulting in death. In 2018 alone, 235 Uber users reported being raped while using the Uber app.</pre></div>
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Calls on FTC To Strengthen Online Protections for Children <br /> ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Calls_on_FTC.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Attorney General Balderas and a bipartisan coalition of twenty-five State Attorneys General today submitted a comment letter to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) asking the agency to strengthen its rules prohibiting websites, mobile applications, and other digital marketing companies from collecting personal information from children under the age of 13 and using that information to track children across the internet. </pre></div>
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Joins Bipartisan Coalition of 56 Attorneys General in Calling for Fentanyl to Remain a Schedule I Drug ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_Bipartisan_Coalition_of_56_Attorneys.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM–- Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a bipartisan coalition of 56 attorneys general from every state, territory, and the District of Columbia in calling for Congress to permanently classify fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I drugs. Schedule I drugs are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.</pre></div>
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Gary Gregor, Former Teacher who Raped Multiple Students in Rio Arriba County, Convicted in Second Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Gary_Gregor_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas successfully secured the conviction of Gary Gregor, a former teacher in the Española School District, for his sexual assault of a second grade student at Fairview Elementary School during the 2006-07 school year. A jury found him guilty of 3rd-Degree Felony Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor under 13 years old. </pre></div>
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Brief Defending the Rights of Indigenous Children, Families, and Tribes ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Files_Brief_Defending_the_Rights.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Balderas today joined a bipartisan coalition of 27 attorneys general, led by California, in filing an amicus brief before the full U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to defend the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in Brackeen v. Bernhardt. In the brief, the coalition urges the appellate court to uphold ICWA and affirm the decision of a three-judge appellate panel. ICWA is a 41-year-old federal law that furthers the best interests of Indigenous children and protects the sovereignty of tribes by preserving children’s connections to their heritage during child placement proceedings.</pre></div>
Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Twelve Year Prison Sentence, Including over a Million Dollars in Restitution, Against Man Who Cheated the State and Took Advantage of Vulnerable New Mexicans ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Twelve_Year_Prison_Sentence.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that James Lambros, who stole over $1,000,000 from the life-savings of a 98 year old former Albuquerque resident and several thousand dollars from his former friend, was sentenced to 12 years in the Department of Corrections to be followed by five years of probation. He also failed to pay taxes on the amounts that he stole.</pre></div>
Tue, 17 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces that Charges Against an Additional Suspect in Farmington-Area Cold Case Against Brother Accused of Molesting His Own Sister Will Proceed to Trial ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_that_Charges_Against_an_Additional_Suspect_in_Farmington.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that San Juan County Magistrate Court Judge Rena Scott found probable cause to believe Michael Stevens committed six first-degree felonies in 2009 by sexually assaulting his sister. </pre></div>
Wed, 18 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Joins Multistate Effort to Protect the Rights of Asylum-Seekers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Joins_Multistate_Effort_to_Protect_the_Rights_of_Asylum_Seekers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—-Attorney General Balderas today joined a coalition of 20 attorneys general in filing a comment letter to protect the rights of asylum-seekers. Under a new interim final rule, the Trump Administration is effectively attempting to ignore asylum claims…</pre></div>
Thu, 19 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Man Accused of Trafficking his Own Children will be Sentenced to 20 Years in the Department of Corrections <br /> ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Man_Accused_of_Trafficking_his_Own_Children.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that James Stewart was sentenced to twenty years in the Department of Corrections after he was convicted of three counts of human trafficking. Jurors found that between 2015 and 2018, Stewart, Sr. used his three minor children to panhandle around Albuquerque so he could use that money to buy drugs. All three children courageously testified against their father at trial.</pre></div>
Mon, 30 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas to Convene Faith Leaders to Discuss Violence Against Communities of Faith, Anti-Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crime Initatives ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_to_Convene_Faith_Leaders_to_Discuss_Violence_Against_Communities.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to faith leaders in all religious communities in New Mexico, urging them to come together with the Office of the Attorney General to discuss hate motivated violence against religious communities. The call to action comes in the wake of multiple violent incidents across the United States that targeted people based on their faith and in their places of worship.</pre></div>
Tue, 31 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas to Conduct School Safety Trainings at Española Public Schools ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_to_Conduct_School_Safety_Trainings.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—-Attorney General Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General will host school safety trainings in the Española Public Schools on Monday, January 6, 2020. The all day trainings come as part of Attorney General Balderas’ commitment to provide safety training to the schools in the wake of recent controversial events giving rise to student safety concerns. Teachers and administrative staff members will receive presentations from experts on issues of treatment of disabled students in school settings, using technology to safely report school safety concerns, and effective measures for combating cyberbullying.</pre></div>
Fri, 03 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Suit Against Manufacturers of Talcum Powder <br /> ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Files_Suit_Against_Manufacturers_of_Talcum_Powder.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—-Attorney General Balderas today filed a lawsuit in the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico against four corporations that manufactured, advertised, and sold talcum powder products, including baby powder, which contained hazardous and carcinogenic asbestos to New Mexicans. The defendants named in the lawsuit are Johnson & Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Corporation; and Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC.</pre></div>
Fri, 03 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Supports Congressional Effort to Reject U.S. Department of Education Rule that Would Hurt Students ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Supports_Congressional_Effort_to_Reject_U.S._Department.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM– Attorney General Baldears joined a coalition of states in supporting Congressional efforts to reject a final rule by the U.S. Department of Education that fails to protect students and taxpayers from the misconduct of unscrupulous schools. In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general supported efforts to reject the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Borrower Defense Rule pursuant to a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act.
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Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Foster Parent Caught in Child-Sex Sting Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Foster_Parent_Caught_in_Child_Sex_Sting_Sentenced.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Joshua Saavedra, a longtime foster parent from Albuquerque who agreed to trade drugs and money for sex with who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, was sentenced to eight years in prison by Second Judicial District Court Judge Brett Loveless following a guilty plea to the crime of sexual exploitation of children by prostitution. In March 2019, agents with the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes against Children/Human Trafficking Unit spearheaded this undercover sting operation by posing as a mother selling sexual access to her 13-year-old daughter online.</pre></div>
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Joins Coalition Fighting to Ensure Consumer Protections ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Joins_Coalition_Fighting.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Attorney General Balderas today joined a coalition of 24 attorneys general fighting to ensure that the states can continue to benefit from powerful tools under Title X of the Dodd-Frank Act that help them protect consumers from fraud and abusive consumers practices. In an amicus brief filed in Seila Law, LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the coalition argues that the U.S. Supreme Court should preserve the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other significant consumer protections provided by Title X.</pre></div>
Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Sentencing of Albuquerque Man who Plead Guilty to Human Trafficking ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Sentencing_of_Albuquerque_Man_who_Plead_Guilty_to_Human_Trafficking.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Mario Morales was sentenced to seven years in the Department of Corrections, the maximum amount of time allowed under a plea in which Morales plead to trafficking of a woman in Albuquerque. The sentence was imposed by the Honorable Alisa Hart in the Second Judicial District.</pre></div>
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Gary Gregor, Teacher who Raped Multiple Students in Rio Arriba County Sentenced in Second Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Gary_Gregor_Sentenced_in_Second_Case.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Gary Gregor, former teacher in the Española School District, was sentenced to six years of incarceration for his sexual assault of a second grade student at Fairview Elementary School during the 2006-07 school year. A jury found him guilty of 3rd-Degree Felony Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor under 13 years old. </pre></div>
Mon, 27 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Hector Balderas and Eleventh DA Rick Tedrow Announce Back-to-Back Trial Convictions of Farmington Co-Defendants who Abused Child with Down Syndrome <br /> ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_and_Eleventh_DA_Rick_Tedrow_Announce_Back_to_Back_Trial.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Farmington, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Eleventh Judicial District Attorney Rick Tedrow announced that Lindsey Moss and Dallas Baron were both convicted of multiple counts of child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and battery, following two separate jury trials. Prosecutors presented evidence that Moss and Baron partnered together to record themselves abusing an eight-year-old boy with Down Syndrome. While babysitting the young boy, Moss and Baron were seen making videos of themselves throwing things at the child, teaching him to smoke from a bong, and pushing him down. The females can be heard laughing about their actions in the videos.</pre></div>
Fri, 31 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Sues Google for Illegally Collecting Personal Data of New Mexican School Children ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Sues_Google_for_Illegally_Collecting_Personal_Data_of_New_Mexican_School_Children.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today filed a lawsuit against
Google, LLC alleging the tech giant is illegally collecting personal information from New
Mexico school children under 13, in violation of the Federal Children’s Online Privacy
Protection Act and New Mexico’s Unfair Practices Act. Google offers its G Suite for
Education products (including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and other services),
along with Google Chromebook laptop computers, to school districts across New Mexico
at no cost. In his lawsuit, the Attorney General alleges that Google then uses its products
to collect large quantities of valuable personal information, without their parents’ consent,
from children under 13 who are often required by their schools to use these services.
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Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Five-Year Prison Sentence for Repeat Offender Collecting Child Exploitation Material ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Five_Year_Prison_Sentence_for_Repeat_Offender_Collecting_Child_Exploitation_Material.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM —Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Second Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Gallegos sentenced Curtis Clayton to five years in the Department of Corrections for possession of child exploitation material, which depicted sexual exploitation of a child under 13. Investigators with the Office of the Attorney General conducted a search warrant of Clayton’s residence where they found over a thousand images of child sexual exploitation.</pre></div>
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Indictment of Sex Offender Whose Prison Sentence Was Recently Reduced ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Indictment_of_Sex_Offender_Whose_Prison_Sentence_Was_Recently_Reduced.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a Sandoval County grand jury indicted convicted sex offender Rollie Bruvold on four counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor under 13 years old. The crimes allegedly occurred in 1985 while Bruvold was camping with the child in the Jemez area. Earlier this year, the Court of Appeals reduced Bruvold’s 108-year sentence in a 2002 child-sex case to 18 years, which Bruvold has already served.</pre></div>
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Sentencing of Albuquerque Woman who Plead Guilty to Sexual Exploitation of Children ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Sentencing_of_Albuquerque_Woman_who_Plead_Guilty_to_Sexual_Exploitation_of_Children.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Crystal Martellini was sentenced to eighteen years in the Department of Corrections, the maximum amount of time allowed under a plea in which Martellini plead guilty to three counts of sexual exploitation of children by manufacturing, conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children by manufacturing, and voyeurism (victim under 18). The eighteen year sentence was imposed by the Honorable Brett Loveless in the Second Judicial District. </pre></div>
Tue, 03 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Warns Against Coronavirus-Related Price Gouging ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Warns_Against_Coronavirus_Related_Price_Gouging.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Attorney General Hector Balderas today issued a consumer advisory warning New Mexico consumers about possible price gouging in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that has recently reached the state. Price gouging is the practice of a seller unreasonably increasing the price of goods or services from its regular and usual price.</pre></div>
Thu, 12 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Issues Guidance to Public Entities Regarding Open Meetings Act and Inspection of Public Records Act Compliance During COVID-19 State of Emergency ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Guidance_to_Public_Entities_Regarding_OMA_and_IPRA_Compliance_During_COVID_19_State_of_Emergency.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe,NM — Today, Attorney General Balderas issued the following guidance to public entities across the State of New Mexico regarding their ongoing obligations to comply with the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) during the state of emergency in New Mexico.

“The health and safety of New Mexican families is the number one priority across our State, but government must remain transparent and accountable, especially during a state of emergency,” said Attorney General Balderas. “All public entities should follow the guidance of public health officials and make any necessary adjustments to ensure compliance with our transparency laws during this time.”</pre></div>

Tue, 17 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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SCAM ALERT: AG Balderas Issues COVID-19 Scam Alert and Safety Advisory to New Mexican Consumers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/SCAM_ALERT_AG_Balderas_Issues_COVID_19_Scam_Alert_and_Safety_Advisory_to_New_Mexican_Consumers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a consumer safety advisory, warning New Mexican consumers of various scams related to the coronavirus outbreak. This advisory comes in the wake of many reports to the Office of the Attorney General of consumer price gouging and COVID-19 scams emerging in New Mexico.

“We must protect the health and safety of New Mexican families during this emergency, and that includes protecting them from fraud and abuse when they are most vulnerable,” said Attorney General Balderas. “My office will prosecute anyone who breaks the law and takes advantage of vulnerable New Meixcans.”</pre></div>

Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas to Trump Admin: Stop discouraging people from accessing health coverage during pandemic ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_to_Trump_Admin_Stop_discouraging_people_accessing_health_coverage_during_pandemic.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – While the COVID-19 public health crisis continues, the Trump Administration refuses to confirm that accessing health coverage will not impair lawful immigrants’ ability to stay in the country, asserts a new letter from Attorney General Balderas and 17 other attorneys general. Following an internally contradictory and confusing alert from the Trump Administration purporting to address the controversy, Attorney General Balderas has again joined a coalition of attorneys general in calling on the Trump Administration to delay its “public charge” rule while the COVID-19 outbreak spreads across the nation. </pre></div>
Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Warns Amazon, Facebook, Ebay, Craigslist, Walmart: Online Marketplaces Aren’t Exempt from Price Gouging Laws ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Warns_Online_Marketplaces_Aren%E2%80%99t_Exempt_from_Price_Gouging_Laws.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Balderas led a coalition of 32 attorneys general, urging Amazon, Facebook, Ebay, Walmart, and Craigslist to more rigorously monitor price gouging practices by online sellers using their services.</pre></div>
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas to Appeal Ruling Giving Convicted Rapist New Trial ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_to_Appeal_Ruling_Giving_Convicted_Rapist_New_Trial.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Today, Attorney General announced that he will immediately appeal a Court of Appeals ruling that allowed a new trial to Joseph Apodaca, who was convicted of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual penetration and one count of tampering with evidence for a brutal sexual assault, which left the woman who survived with serious medical issues requiring multiple surgeries and causing lasting damage. On appeal, Apodaca argued that he was entitled to argue at trial that he mistook the survivor for having consented to his assault, despite New Mexico law not affording this defense. A two judge majority of the Court of Appeals decided today that Apodaca is entitled to a new trial because the jury was not instructed on his “mistake of fact” defense to establish that he believed the survivor consented to his actions. </pre></div>
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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A.G. Balderas Warns New Mexican Families About Stimulus Check Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Warns_New_Mexican_Families_About_Stimulus_Check_Scams.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM — Today, Attorney General Balderas issued a safety advisory to all New Mexicans about scams related to the federal economic stimulus package. The federal government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to most New Mexicans, but anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is likely operating a scam….</pre></div>
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Lawsuit Challenging the Trump Administration’s Unlawful Assault on New Mexico’s Waterways ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_General_Balderas_Files_Lawsuit_Challenging_Trump_Administrations_Unlawful_Assault_on_New_Mexicos_Waterways.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM — Attorney General Hector Balderas today, joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general, in filing a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s unlawful final rule redefining the “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The final rule continues the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) effort to weaken water quality protections under the Clean Water Act and narrow the definition of “waters of the United States.” The new rule removes protections for all ephemeral streams, many wetlands, and other waters that were previously covered under the Act. In the lawsuit, the coalition argues that EPA’s rule directly conflicts with the text of the Clean Water Act, Supreme Court precedent, and the EPA’s own scientific findings.</pre></div>
Fri, 01 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Calls on U.S. Senate to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Calls_on_U.S._Senate_to_Reauthorize_Violence_Against_Women_Act.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM — Attorney General Balderas today joined a coalition of 24 attorneys general calling on the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which expired more than a year ago. As isolation and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic increases the risk to domestic violence victims, the Senate must act immediately, the attorneys general argue. In April of 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill with bipartisan support reauthorizing the act, but after more than a year, the Senate has yet to take up consideration of the bill, nor has it taken up a companion bill.</pre></div>
Mon, 04 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Lawsuit Against JUUL Labs for Illegal Marketing and Selling of E-Cigarettes to New Mexican Youth ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Lawsuit_Against_JUUL_Labs.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM — Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that his office has sued JUUL Labs Inc. for creating a youth vaping epidemic by intentionally marketing and selling its e-cigarettes to young people. The lawsuit, filed in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe, alleges that the company illegally advertised and sold nicotine products to underage youth and created an epidemic of nicotine addiction among young people. The lawsuit demands that JUUL pay for the costs associated with combating this public health crisis affecting young people across New Mexico.</pre></div>
Fri, 08 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Seeks Immediate Halt to Trump Administration’s Reckless Action Removing Protections for New Mexican Waterways ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Seeks_Immediate_Halt_to_Trump_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Balderas today joined a multistate coalition in filing a motion for a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s unlawful final rule redefining the “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. </pre></div>
Tue, 19 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Over $550M Multistate Settlement with Nation’s Largest Subprime Auto Financing Company ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_Over_%24550M_Multistate_Settlement.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>SANTA FE, NM – Attorney General Balderas, along with a coalition of 34 attorneys general, today announced a settlement with Santander Consumer USA Inc. (Santander) that includes approximately $550 million in relief for consumers with even more relief in additional deficiency waivers expected.</pre></div>
Tue, 19 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Arrest of Serial Sexual Offender, Victor Gonzales for 2010 Sexual Assault after identification through Sexual Assault Exam Kit ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Arrest_of_Serial_Sexual_Offender_Victor_Gonzales.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Victor Gonzales was arrested late last night on charges of Kidnapping, Criminal Sexual Penetration, and Aggravated Battery stemming from a 2010 sexual assault. In 2010, the female survivor immediately reported to law enforcement that she was abducted and sexually assaulted by an unknown male. Although a Sexual Assault Examination Kit was completed after the incident, it remained untested for 8 years. After testing, the male DNA was entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and matched to a known sex offender, Victor Gonzales.</pre></div>
Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Statement Regarding Supreme Court Granting Petition to Stop City of Grants Mayor ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Statement_Regarding_Supreme_Court_Granting_Petition_to_Stop_City_of_Grants_Mayor.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Balderas issued the following statement in response to an order issued today from the New Mexico Supreme Court, granting the Office of the Attorney General’s petition…</pre></div>
Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Police Use of Force Review, Calls on Legislature to Immediately Institute Body-worn Camera Law and Chokehold Ban ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_Police_Use_of_Force_Review_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced that the Office of the Attorney General is currently investigating the death of Rodney Lynch for possible illegal use of force by members of the Gallup Police Department. </pre></div>
Tue, 09 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Hector Balderas and Eleventh DA Rick Tedrow Announce Babysitter who Abused Child with Down Syndrome Sentenced ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Hector_Balderas_and_Eleventh_DA_Rick_Tedrow_Announce_Babysitter.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Farmington, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Eleventh Judicial District Attorney Rick Tedrow announced that Eleventh Judicial District Court Judge Daylene Marsh sentenced Dallas Baron to 7.5 years in the Department of Corrections for multiple counts of child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and battery following a multi-day jury trial that occurred in January 2020. Prosecutors at trial presented evidence that Baron and her co-defendant, Lindsey Moss, partnered together to record their abuse of an eight-year-old boy with Down Syndrome on camera. While babysitting the young boy, Moss and Baron created videos of themselves throwing things at the child, teaching him to smoke from a bong, and pushing him down. The Defendants can be heard laughing about their actions in the videos. </pre></div>
Wed, 17 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Applauds Landmark Supreme Court Decision on DACA ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Applauds_Landmark_Supreme_Court_Decision_on_DACA.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. In November of 2019, the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General and a coalition of 21 attorneys general defended DACA before the Supreme Court. In today’s decision, the Supreme Court held that the Trump Administration acted illegally when it attempted to end DACA. As a result, the policy remains in effect for now, protecting hundreds of thousands of Dreamers across the country.</pre></div>
Thu, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Renews Call for Anti-Domestic Terrorism Reform and Funding for Investigation and Prosecution in Wake of White Supremacist Attack on Santa Fe Restaurant ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Renews_Call_for_Anti_Domestic_Terrorism_Reform.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—In response to this week’s white supremacist attack on the India Palace restaurant in Santa Fe, Attorney General Hector Balderas today renewed his call for the New Mexico Legislature to update New Mexico’s anti-domestic terrorism and hate crimes statutes, as well as fund an anti-domestic terrorism unit in the Office of the Attorney General.</pre></div>
Wed, 24 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Repeat Offender Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Repeat_Offender_Sentenced_on_Child_Pornography_Charges.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Second Judicial District Court Judge Jacqueline Flores sentenced Mark Vallejos to 5 years in the Department of Corrections for possession of child pornography. An investigation by the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force into the online distribution of child pornography over peer-to-peer file sharing networks led to a search of Vallejos’ residence. </pre></div>
Tue, 30 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Suit Against Secretary DeVos and U.S. Department of Education for Unlawfully Repealing Critical “Borrower Defense” Regulations ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Files_Suit_Against_Secretary_DeVos.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM–New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a coalition of 23 attorneys general in a lawsuit against Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education (ED), challenging their action to unlawfully repeal the 2016 “borrower defense” regulations and replace them with regulations that do nothing more than benefit predatory for-profit schools at the expense of defrauded students. </pre></div>
Wed, 15 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Victory in Lawsuit Blocking Repeal of Rule that Stops Damaging, Wasteful Leakage of Natural Gas, Lost Royalties to New Mexico’s Schools <br /> ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Victory_in_Lawsuit_Blocking_Repeal_of_Rule.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the State of New Mexico, along with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and the California Air Resources Board prevailed in their lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s attempt to repeal the Waste Prevention Rule, a commonsense measure to reduce the enormous waste of natural gas on public lands. The rule requires oil and natural gas producers to take cost-effective measures to cut the wasteful leakage of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, on federal and tribal lands. Nearly 35 % of New Mexico is federally administered, and the state contains the second highest area of federal land leased for oil and gas production – more than four million acres – producing almost 900 million mcf of natural gas in 2018.</pre></div>
Thu, 16 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces New Charges to be Filed Against Former Las Cruces Police Officer Accused of Choke Hold Murder of Las Cruces Man ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_New_Charges_to_be_Filed_Against_Former_Las_Cruces_Police_Officer.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General has taken over the prosecution of former Las Cruces Police Department Officer Christopher Smelser, who stands accused of killing Antonio Valenzuela while in his custody. The Office of the Attorney General has taken the case at the request of the Third Judicial District Attorney’s office. In addition to taking the case, the Office of the Attorney General has increased the charges that Smelser will face to second degree murder.</pre></div>
Thu, 16 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas’ Statement on Passing of Congressman John Lewis ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_Passing_of_Congressman_John_Lewis.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis:

“America has lost a true hero in Congressman Lewis, an icon who led the civil rights movement and changed our lives for the better. We must continue to fight with his courage and follow in his footsteps.”</pre></div>

Sat, 18 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Joins Multistate Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration Rule Curtailing States’ Clean Water Act Oversight ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Joins_Multistate_Lawsuit_Challenging_Trump_Administration_Rule_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Balderas today joined a coalition of 21 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule unlawfully curtailing state authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. For more than three decades, the EPA has consistently acknowledged and respected that Section 401 provides states with the authority to review, impose conditions on, or deny certification for federally permitted projects. However, as directed by President Trump’s April 2019 executive order, the EPA issued a final rule radically altering its water quality certification regulations to restrict state authority under the Clean Water Act. In the lawsuit, the coalition argues that the final rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act and Clean Water Act and must be vacated.</pre></div>
Tue, 21 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas, State Treasurer Eichenberg, and State Auditor Colón recognize Americans with Disabilities Act Day ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG__State_Treasurer__and_State_Auditor_recognize_Americans_with_Disabilities_Act_Day_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg and State Auditor Brian Colón in recognizing the Americans with Disabilities Act Day. On July 17, 2020, Governor Michelle Luján Grisham declared July 26, 2020 as Americans with Disabilities Act Day in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act.</pre></div>
Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Motion to Enforce Public Access to White Peak ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Motion_to_Enforce_Public_Access_to_White_Peak.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a motion to enforce a 2018 judicial order that established public use of several roads across private property that provide access to public land in the White Peak area of northeast New Mexico. This is the second motion that the Office of the Attorney General has filed to enforce the order against a private landowner, who continues to defy the judge’s order and deny public access.</pre></div>
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas and the Albuquerque Police Department Announce Albuquerque Man Charged with Possessing and Manufacturing Child Sexual Exploitation Materials ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_and_the_APD_Announce_Albuquerque_Man_Charged_with_Possessing.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Albuquerque Police Department Chief Michael Geier announced that Sergei Von Hoyningen-Huene was charged by criminal complaint with the felony crimes of Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Possession) and Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Manufacturing). In late July, investigators with the Albuquerque Police Department, acting on a cybertip of child exploitation materials, conducted a search warrant of Von Hoyningen-Huene’s residence, where they found and seized multiple images and videos of child sexual exploitation contained on multiple electronic devices.</pre></div>
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Issues Scam Alert Warning New Mexico Businesses About Inspection Fraud Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Issues_Scam_Alert_Warning_New_Mexico_Businesses.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert, warning New Mexico restaurants and other businesses not to become fraud victims. According to new field reports, individuals impersonating an Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) inspector are visiting New Mexico restaurants and collecting $100 “fines” for alleged violations. Only after paying the “fine” do restaurants discover that the so-called inspector is a fraud. </pre></div>
Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas to file lawsuit over Trump Administration’s attempts to undermine Postal Service ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_to_file_lawsuit_over_Trump_Administration%E2%80%99s.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM— Attorney General Balderas announced today that New Mexico is joining a multistate coalition that will file a federal lawsuit challenging drastic operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service that threaten critical mail delivery and could undermine the national election in November. The Postal Service cuts, including eliminating staff overtime, altering operations at state distribution centers and removing critical mail sorting equipment, threaten the timely delivery of mail to individuals who rely on the Postal Service for everything from medical prescriptions to ballots.</pre></div>
Tue, 18 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Sentencing of Man Convicted of Sharing Child Exploitation Materials ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Sentencing_of_Man_Convicted_of__Sharing_Child_Exploitation_Materials.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Christopher Trujillo was sentenced by the Second Judicial District Court to 10 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections for Sexual Exploitation of Children (Manufacture) and Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession) (Child Under 13). Trujillo shared child exploitation materials online and engaged in a conversation with another internet user about sharing them. </pre></div>
Tue, 18 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Criminal Charges Filed Against Former Farmington School-Resource Officer Accused of Abusing Middle-School Girl ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Criminal_Charges_Filed_Against_Former_Farmington_Police_Officer.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced the filing of multiple criminal charges against former Farmington Police Department Officer Zachary Christensen for multiple counts of battery and one count of felony child abuse. These criminal charges stem from an incident occurring on August 27, 2019, in which then-Officer Christensen allegedly battered and abused an 11-year-old girl at Mesa View Middle School. </pre></div>
Wed, 26 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Issues a Scam Advisory Warning New Mexicans Against Serial Disabilities Lawsuits ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Issues_a_Scam_Advisory_Warning.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas today issued an advisory warning to New Mexicans about serial lawsuit scams that target people with disabilities and harm those communities and our justice system, and to encourage individuals with disabilities and the disability rights community to be vigilant against these scams. Individuals who bring serial lawsuits claim to have potential clients’ best interests at heart, but they in fact undermine vital protections by bringing illegitimate claims for personal profit.</pre></div>
Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces $330 million Student Debt Relief Settlement for Former ITT Students ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_%24330_million_Student_Debt_Relief.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM — Attorney General Balderas announced today that the State of New Mexico, along with 47 states and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has secured an agreement to obtain $330 million in debt relief for former ITT Tech students for 35,000 borrowers who have outstanding principal balances. The settlement is with PEAKS Trust, a private loan program run by the for-profit college and affiliated with Deutsche Bank entities. ITT filed bankruptcy in 2016 amid investigations by state attorneys general and following action by the U.S. Department of Education to restrict ITT’s access to federal student aid. The settlement will bring approximately $4 million in debt relief to New Mexicans.</pre></div>
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Former Attorney Sentenced to Prison for Manufacturing and Possessing Child Exploitation Materials ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Former_Attorney_Sentenced_to_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Bernalillo County District Court Judge Daniel Gallegos sentenced Matthew O’Neill, to three years at the Department of Corrections for possessing and manufacturing child pornography. Prosecutors read the victims’ sentencing statements to the court which detailed how the continued propagation of the video and photographic depictions of them being sexually abused has impacted their lives and continues to haunt them.</pre></div>
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas’ Statement on Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_on_Passing_of_Justice_Ruth_Bader_Ginsberg.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM — Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement regarding the death of United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg:


“America has painfully lost a true champion for equal rights, a giant who as a lawyer shaped the law to protect those most vulnerable and as a jurist who ensured fairness and justice for all.”
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Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Natural Resources and Environmental Equity Initiative, Appointment of Equity Advisory Council <br /> ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Natural_Resources_and_Environmental_Equity_Initiative.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General is launching an initiative focused on equity and access to justice concerns for minority communities in the natural resources and environmental protection arenas. The Office of the Attorney General has started by appointing an advisory council comprising representatives for marginalized communities who have historically been ignored in policy and decision making in these areas, and who bear disproportionately negative consequences from the state and federal policies that do not adequately protect their health, safety, and welfare. The council will engage a wide range of stakeholders from these communities and make recommendations to the Office of the Attorney General for direct engagement of state and federal agencies to address issues of racism and equity in natural resources and environmental policy.</pre></div>
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas and the Identity Theft Resource Center to Assist COVID-19 Scam Victims with Phone Bank Event ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_and_the_Identity_Theft_Resource_Center_to_Assist_COVID_19_Scam.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM–Today, the New Mexico Identity Theft Coalition, under the leadership of the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, and the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity crime, announced that they will hold a phone bank as part of a nationwide effort to help victims of COVID-19 scams and identity crime. Anyone who has been the victim of a COVID-19 scam or identity theft can call in during this time for resources and direct assistance. </pre></div>
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Partners with the Federal Trade Commission to Crackdown on Debt Collectors ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Partners_with_the_Federal_Trade_Commission_to_Crackdown_on_Debt_Collectors.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his crackdown on abusive debt collectors. The announcement is part of a nationwide law enforcement and outreach initiative to protect consumers from phantom debt collection and abusive and threatening debt collection practices. New Mexico joins the Federal Trade Commission and more than 50 federal and state law enforcement partners in this effort. The initiative, called Operation Corrupt Collector, includes enforcement actions brought by the FTC, three federal partners, and partners from 16 different states against debt collectors engaged in these illegal practices.</pre></div>
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver, Attorney General Balderas Issue Voter Protection Advisory ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Secretary_of_State_Toulouse_Oliver__AG_Balderas_Issue_Voter_Protection_Advisory.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Today, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Attorney General Hector Balderas issued an advisory to all New Mexicans, reminding them of their right to participate in a free and fair election and providing critical information about the upcoming general election.</pre></div>
Wed, 14 Oct 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Multiple Murder Convictions Upheld by New Mexico Supreme Court ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Announces_Multiple_Murder_Convictions_Upheld_by_New_Mexico_Supreme_Court.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Today, AG Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court upheld multiple murder convictions where the Office of the Attorney General represented the State on appeal. In two seperate rulings, the Court upheld first-degree murder convictions of Muhammad Ameer and Bradley Scott Farrington.</pre></div>
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Man Convicted of Possessing Child Exploitation Materials Sentenced To Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Man_Convicted_of_Possessing_Child_Exploitation_Materials_Sentenced_To_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Donald Qualls was sentenced to three years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections for Possession Of Visual Medium Of Sexual Exploitation (Child Under 13). Qualls was apprehended as a result of an investigation into the online sharing of child exploitation materials by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force of the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Qualls’ residence, and Qualls admitted to downloading child exploitation materials. Images from 36 known child exploitation series, or sets of previously known child exploitation images, were found on his computer. </pre></div>
Fri, 23 Oct 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas’ Statement Regarding the Passing of Representative Nick Salazar ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas%E2%80%99_Statement_Regarding_the_Passing_of_Representative_Nick_Salazar.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement regarding the passing of New Mexico State Representative Nick Salazar:


“I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Representative Nick Salazar, a friend and great leader who leaves a legacy of service that strengthened Northern New Mexico and many rural communities across the State.”
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Mon, 26 Oct 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Maximum Prison Sentence for Man Who Molested His Seven-Year-Old Granddaughter ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Maximum_Prison_Sentence_for_Man_Who_Molested_His_Seven_Year_Old_Granddaughter.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Francisco Saucedo was sentenced by Thirteenth Judicial District Court Judge Christopher Pérez to 30 years in prison, the maximum amount of time allowable, for distributing, manufacturing, and possessing child exploitation materials as well as committing sexual acts and voyuerism against his granddaughter. In 2017, investigators with the Office of the Attorney General became aware that Saucedo downloaded and copied numerous digital files of child exploitation materials, which included nude images of Saucedo’s seven-year-old granddaughter. Investigators employed the use of specially trained forensic interviewers to speak to the young girl, who bravely disclosed that Saucedo inappropriately touched her. </pre></div>
Fri, 06 Nov 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorneys General Balderas and Becerra Oppose Latest Effort to Undermine Department of Interior’s Royalties Valuation Rule ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_and_Becerra_Oppose_Latest_Effort_to_Undermine_Department_of_Interior_s_Royalties_Valuation_Rule.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today submitted comments opposing the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) proposal to undermine key requirements of the Valuation Rule. Finalized in July 2016, the Valuation Rule replaced antiquated regulations that determined how much producers must pay in royalties for the oil, gas, and coal they extract from public and tribal lands. In the comment letter, Attorneys General Balderas and Becerra argue that the proposed rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act, undervalues our nation’s natural resources, and enriches the fossil fuel industry at the expense of the American people and the environment. </pre></div>
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Two Arrested and Charged for Stealing Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars from Valencia County Farm ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Two_Arrested_Charged_Stealing_Hundreds_of_Thousands_of_Dollars_Valencia_County_Farm.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Balderas announced the filing of charges against Leo Martinez and Robbie Proffitt for embezzlement and defrauding of Pareo Farms, a family dairy farm in Valencia County. Martinez and Proffitt were each arrested and charged with five felony counts for stealing approximately $500,000 worth of…</pre></div>
Wed, 09 Dec 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Joins Multistate Lawsuit Seeking to End Facebook’s Illegal Monopoly ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_Multistate_Lawsuit_Seeking_to_End_Facebook%E2%80%99s_Illegal_Monopoly.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a bipartisan coalition of 48 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against Facebook, Inc., alleging that the company has and continues to…</pre></div>
Wed, 09 Dec 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Warns that Scammers are Impersonating the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General in Social Security Administration Scam Calls ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Warns_Scammers_Impersonating_NM_Office_of_the_Attorney_General_in_Social_Security_Administration_Scam_Calls.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Attorney General Hector Balderas today issued a consumer advisory warning to New Mexico consumers about a widespread telephone scam involving the Social Security Administration and the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. Consumers are reporting that the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is appearing on their caller ID, when they are receiving these scam calls. </pre></div>
Thu, 10 Dec 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Warns New Mexicans to Beware of COVID-19 Vaccine Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Warns_New_Mexicans_to_Beware_of_COVID_19_Vaccine_Scams.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM– Attorney General Hector Balderas today issued a consumer safety advisory to New Mexican consumers about the increased proliferation of COVID-19 vaccine related scams, as vaccine rollout begins. Pharmaceutical companies and law enforcement entities across the globe are warning of organized criminal elements that are taking advantage of the vaccine rollout. These scammers are defrauding and enticing people into purchasing fake COVID-19 vaccines. In response to these scams, Attorney General Balderas warns New Mexican families to be vigilant in seeking or receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.</pre></div>
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Joins Multistate Lawsuit Seeking to End Google’s Illegal Monopoly in Online Search Market ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_Multistate_Lawsuit_Seeking_to_End_Google%E2%80%99s_Illegal_Monopoly.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM — Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a bipartisan coalition of 38 attorneys general in suing Google LLC for anticompetitive conduct in violation of federal law. The states allege that Google illegally maintains its monopoly power over general search engines and related advertising markets through a series of anticompetitive exclusionary contracts and conduct. As a result, Google has deprived consumers of competition that could lead to greater choice, innovation, and better privacy protections. Furthermore, Google has exploited its market position to accumulate and leverage data to the detriment of consumers.</pre></div>
Thu, 17 Dec 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Lawsuit Against Chemical Company for Historical Pollution of Rural New Mexican Communities ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Lawsuit_Against_Chemical_Company_for_Historical_Pollution.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that his office sued Sterigenics U.S., LLC and its related companies for knowingly emitting an air pollutant known as ethylene oxide in excess of permissible limits from its plant in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The lawsuit, filed in the Third Judicial District Court in Las Cruces, alleges that since 1989, as part of the sterilization process in the plant, the companies have emitted, and may still be emitting, high amounts of ethylene oxide, thereby damaging the environment and potentially putting New Mexicans at risk.</pre></div>
Tue, 29 Dec 2020 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Lawsuit Against Total Teaching Solutions Inc. For Unfair Practices in the Recruitment and Placement of Filipino teachers in New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Files_Lawsuit_Against_Total_Teaching_Solutions_Inc..pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that his office has sued Total Teaching Solutions International, and its CEO Janice Bickert. TTSI and Ms. Bickert have been engaged in recruiting teachers from the Philippines to teach in New Mexico school districts. However, TTSI charged exorbitant and excessive fees for the placement services they offer and in some cases failed to provide. TTSI charges approximately $15,000 for services. Several other companies operating in the State of New Mexico that provide nearly identical services on average charge $4,000 per teacher.</pre></div>
Tue, 05 Jan 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Conviction of Former Personal Care Organization Owner Who Defrauded Medicaid Program of Over $400,000 ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Conviction_of_Former_Personal_Care_Organization_Owner.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General has secured a guilty plea from Lolita Begay-Yazzie to one count of Fraud in excess of $20,000, a second degree felony, and one count of Failure to Retain Documents, a fourth degree felony for defrauding New Mexico’s Medicaid program of over $400,000. Begay-Yazzie owned and operated a personal care agency in Gallup, New Mexico. </pre></div>
Fri, 08 Jan 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Calls on Republican Party of New Mexico, Steve Pearce, Rep. Yvette Herrell to Back Dismissal of Dangerous Trump Election Lawsuit ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Calls_on_Republican_Party_of_New_Mexico.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—In the wake of this week’s domestic terrorist attack on the United States Capitol, Attorney General Hector Balderas today called on the Republican Party of New Mexico, Chairperson Steve Pearce, and Representative Yvette Herrell to support the dismissal of President Trump’s frivolous and dangerous lawsuit seeking to overturn New Mexico’s valid election. The party and its chair supported the lawsuit, making public statements that it was working directly with the Trump campaign to overturn New Mexico’s validly held election. Representative Herrell this week voted in Congress to reject the will of voters in Arizona and Pennsylvania.


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Sat, 09 Jan 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Issues Statement on Dismissal of Baseless Trump Lawsuit to Overturn New Mexico’s Election ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Issues_Statement_on_Dismissal_of_Baseless_Trump_Lawsuit_to_Overturn_New_Mexico%E2%80%99s_Election.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement after the dismissal of President Donald Trump’s baseless lawsuit to overturn New Mexico’s valid election:


“This dangerous lawsuit was a lost cause from the beginning, but Republican leaders should put safety first and admit their loyalty is to Donald Trump over New Mexico and the United States; and I am still demanding that they step up and admit that the lies they continue to spread resulted in the deaths of civilians and law enforcement in a violent attack on our democracy,” said Attorney General Balderas.
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Mon, 11 Jan 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Hector Balderas Issues a Debt Collection Advisory Warning New Mexicans About Predatory Collection Practices ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Issues_a_Debt_Collection_Advisory_Warning_New_Mexicans_About_Predatory_Collection_Practices.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas today issued an advisory to New Mexicans warning them about predatory debt collection practices from companies that attempt a variety of tactics to prey on New Mexican consumers. These practices include attempts to collect debts that do not exist, falsely reporting consumers to consumer credit agencies, and generally using threats or intimidation in an attempt to extract money from consumers. The Attorney General issued this advisory after recently suing national debt collectors for these practices and after these companies received millions of dollars in federal Paycheck Protection Program funds.</pre></div>
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Hector Balderas Demands Couy Griffin Resign from Otero County Commission ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Demands_Couy_Griffin_Resign_from_Otero_County_Commission.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has demanded that Couy Griffin resign from the Otero County Commission. In a letter sent to Griffin Saturday, the Attorney General demanded his resignation on multiple grounds, including accusations that he has misused public office for personal gain, has neglected his duties as a county commissioner, and because of his participation in the January 6th insurrectionist attack on the United States Capitol. The letter states that absent his resignation, the Office of the Attorney General will take all appropriate legal action to seek Griffin’s removal. This demand also comes as Griffin has reportedly been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.</pre></div>
Sun, 17 Jan 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Criminal Charges Against School Security Guard for Sexual Assault of Middle School Student ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Criminal_Charges_Against_School_Security_Guard_for_Sexual_Assault_of_Middle_School_Student.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that his office has filed charges in the Fourth Judicial District against Abran Ulibarri, a former school security guard in the West Las Vegas Public schools, alleging that Ulibarri repeatedly sexually assaulted an eighth-grade student over the course of a school year. The complaint charges Ulibarri with 15 felony counts. Ulibarri was arrested on these charges this morning.</pre></div>
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Criminal Charges Against Serial Child Predator ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Files_Criminal_Charges_Against_Serial_Child_Predator.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that his office has filed charges in the Second Judicial District against James Brandon Henz, alleging that he repeatedly sexually assaulted seven young victims over a period of a few years. Henz was arrested on these charges last week and is being held pending a preliminary hearing. The Attorney General’s Office has also filed a motion to keep Henz in jail pending trial, alleging that he is a danger to the community if released.

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Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas, Representatives Louis and Thomson to Present Bill to Strengthen Protections for Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas__Representatives_Louis_and_Thomson_to_Present_Bill.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas and Representatives Georgene Louis and Elizabeth Thomson have introduced House Bill 56, which is aimed at modernizing New Mexico’s anti-human trafficking laws to protect the rights of human trafficking victims and survivors, particularly children who are trafficked in the State. The bill, which was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session, will have its first committee hearing today in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.</pre></div>
Tue, 26 Jan 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Detention and Charging of Man Who Allegedly Molested Multiple Family Members ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_Detention_and_Charging_of_Man_Who_Allegedly_Molested_Multiple_Family_Members.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that alleged serial child molester, James Henz, was bound over for trial in district court on numerous counts of sexual assault and other crimes against five young victims. If convicted on all counts, Henz will likely spend the rest of his life incarcerated. The district court also granted the Office of the Attorney General’s motion to hold Henz without bond before trial on the grounds that he is a danger to the community. </pre></div>
Fri, 29 Jan 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Issues Scam Advisory Warning New Mexicans About Court Fees Collection Scam ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Issues_Scam_Advisory_Warning_New_Mexicans_About_Court_Fees_Collection_Scam.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas today issued an advisory warning to New Mexicans about emerging scams where individuals are calling New Mexicans, saying that they are calling from the Second Judicial District Court, and that the recipient must meet someone immediately to pay court fees in cash or risk going to jail. The advisory comes after the Second Judicial District Court alerted the Office of the Attorney General that they had received information from several community members that they received a call saying the caller was from the Court and that the person was to meet them in a parking lot to pay their fines in cash. </pre></div>
Fri, 05 Feb 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas, Representatives Louis and Thomson Applaud House Passage of Bill to Strengthen Protections for Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas__Representatives_Louis_and_Thomson_Applaud_House_Passage_of_Bill.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Representatives Georgene Louis and Elizabeth Thomson applauded the New Mexico House of Representatives for passing House Bill 56, which is aimed at modernizing New Mexico’s anti-human trafficking laws to center and protect the rights of human trafficking victims and survivors, particularly children who are trafficked in the State. The bill, which was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session, passed the House by a vote of 63-3 and will now move onto the Senate.</pre></div>
Mon, 22 Feb 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Pushes FCC to Provide Additional Pandemic Funding to Students for Remote Learning ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Pushes_FCC_to_Provide_Additional_Pandemic_Funding_to_Students_for_Remote_Learning.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Balderas today joined 30 attorneys general in urging the Federal Communications Commission to fund internet connectivity and internet-enabled devices to K-12 students whose schools are closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and who are learning online at home or other locations. This month, the FCC asked for comment on petitions urging the commission to temporarily waive some restrictions on its E-Rate program to allow schools to extend their broadband internet networks to students’ homes and to allow E-Rate funds to support Wi-Fi hotspots or other broadband connections for students who lack adequate internet connectivity to participate in remote schooling. In their comment letter to the FCC, the attorneys general urge the commission to promptly take action to unlock the doors of the virtual classroom while physical schools remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.</pre></div>
Tue, 23 Feb 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Suit Against Manufacturers of Antiretroviral HIV/AIDS Treatment Drugs ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Suit_Against_Manufacturers_of_Antiretroviral_HIVAIDS_Treatment_Drugs.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM — Attorney General Balderas today filed a lawsuit in the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico against Gilead Sciences, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, LLC, and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., for violating the New Mexico Antitrust Act and New Mexico Unfair Practices Act. The lawsuit stems from the development, marketing, and manufacturing of several antiretroviral medications used in the prevention and treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (“HIV”) – a disease which, if left untreated, destroys the immune system and leads to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (“AIDS”). The antiretroviral medications at issue include VIREAD®, TRUVADA®, ATRIPLA®, VEMLIDY®, and DESCOVY®. </pre></div>
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Lawsuit to Halt Holtec Nuclear Storage Facility ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_Lawsuit_to_Halt_Holtec_Nuclear_Storage_Facility.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the State of New Mexico filed suit against the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (“NRC” or “the Commission”) and the United States seeking to stop them from indefinitely storing the nation’s supply of high level radioactive waste in South Eastern New Mexico. The complaint alleges that the NRC is acting beyond the scope of its authority in licensing the proposed interim storage facility to be located in Lea and Eddy County and that the interim storage facility will jeopardize the State’s water resources and agricultural interests and shift to the state and local governments the enormously expensive job of training and equipping first responders for up to 120 years to deal with any mishap that occurs as a result of the NRC’s untested and unauthorized plan, among other things.</pre></div>
Mon, 29 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Felony Charges for Individuals Accused of Stealing Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Worth of Hay from Valencia County Farm ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Announces_Felony_Charges_for_Individuals_Accused_of_Stealing_Hundreds.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Balderas announced that Valencia County Magistrate Court Judge John R. Chavez found probable cause that Leo Martinez and Robbie Proffitt committed the felony crimes of embezzlement, fraud, and forgery. Proffitt and Martinez, two commercial truck drivers, allegedly stole approximately $500,000 worth of bulk hay that they were supposed to have delivered to Pareo Farm, a family dairy farm in Valencia County. Instead, the pair sold that stolen hay to another Valencia County rancher, and fraudulently billed Pareo Farm for delivery of the hay that was stolen from them.</pre></div>
Thu, 01 Apr 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Calls on U.S. Department of Education to Cancel Loans of ITT Tech Students ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Calls_on_U.S._Department_of_Education_to_Cancel_Loans_of_ITT_Tech_Students.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Balderas today called on the U.S. Department of Education to cancel federal student loan debt of those who attended ITT Technical Institute. The now defunct for-profit school defrauded thousands of individuals by encouraging them to enroll and borrow loans based on false and misleading information about the value of an ITT degree and empty promises of high-paying jobs after graduation. The borrower defense application that a bipartisan coalition of 24 states and the District of Columbia filed today includes students who attended ITT Tech between at least 2007 and 2011 when these deceptive tactics were used to convince students to attend the school and borrow federal student aid. This widespread and pervasive misrepresentation violated state consumer protection laws. Federal law permits the Department of Education to forgive federal student loans when borrowers were deceived in obtaining loans. The attorneys general are demanding full relief to ITT students, including refunds of the money students already paid on those loans.</pre></div>
Thu, 01 Apr 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Prison Sentence of Former Personal Care Organization Owner Who Defrauded Medicaid Program of Over $445,000 ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Prison_Sentence_of_Former_PCO_Owner_Who_Defrauded_Medicaid_Program.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General has secured a prison sentence for Lolita Begay-Yazzie as a result of her guilty plea to one count of fraud in excess of $20,000, a second degree felony, and one count of Medicaid Fraud for Failure to Retain Documents, a fourth degree felony. Begay-Yazzie defrauded New Mexico’s Medicaid program of over $445,000. The court sentenced Begay-Yazzie to five-and-one-half years in the Department of Corrections, suspending three years, meaning Begay-Yazzie will serve a period of two-and-one-half years in prison. She will also be required to pay full restitution in the amount of $445,352 and will be barred from serving as a provider under Medicare, Medicaid or any other state or federal health care program until she has been reinstated by the Office of the Inspector General.</pre></div>
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces 38-Year Prison Sentence for Man Convicted of Manufacturing Child Sexual Abuse Materials ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_38_Year_Prison_Sentence_Man_Convicted_Manufacturing_Child_Sexual_Abuse_Materials.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>LBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Balderas announced that John Dickman was convicted of three counts of sexual exploitation of children through manufacture and two other related charges. Dickman and his wife Crystal Dickman, sexually abused two young girls in their care and made child sexual abuse materials involving the girls, who were both younger than six years old. Crystal Dickman previously pled guilty to similar crimes and was sentenced to 18 years for her role. Yesterday, in Bernalillo County District Court, John Dickman pleaded guilty to five charges and was sentenced to 38 years in prison.</pre></div>
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Indictment of Former VIP Salon Owner Who Unlawfully Performed ‘Vampire Facial’ Medical Procedures ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_Indictment_of_Former_VIP_Salon_Owner.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the indictment of Maria de Lourdes Ramos de Ruiz, former owner of VIP Salon, on 24 felony charges, including: practicing medicine without a license, racketeering, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion. In 2019, it was revealed that at least two of the salon’s clients contracted HIV and had received so-called “Vampire Facials,” a medical procedure involving Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. This resulted in the Office of the Attorney General’s investigation of the business and its owner, whose indictment was filed Monday.</pre></div>
Wed, 21 Apr 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Office of the Attorney General to host National Drug Take Back Day in Santa Fe ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Office_of_the_Attorney_General_to_host_National_Drug_Take_Back_Day_in_Santa_Fe.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General is hosting a National Drug Take Back Day location in downtown Santa Fe this Saturday, April 24, 2021. New Mexicans can safely dispose of prescription drugs (no questions asked) like opioids, sleep medications, and Benzodiazepines in order to keep them out of the hands of our youth and to prevent dangerous addictions. All types of prescription drugs will be accepted for safe disposal by the Office of the Attorney General from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday. If you cannot make it to the Office of the Attorney General, you can find a location near you at: https://takebackday.dea.gov</pre></div>
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Detention and Additional Charges Against Man Charged with Videotaping His Sexual Abuse Of A Child ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Detention_and_Additional_Charges_Against_Man_Charged_with_Videotaping_His_Sexual_Abuse_Of_A_Child.pdf
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that additional charges of Child Exploitation have been filed against Joshua Vigil. Vigil had previously been charged with multiple counts of child exploitation and criminal sexual penetration. After successfully detaining Mr. Vigil, the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General continued investigating the Defendant for other potential crimes against children. </pre></div>

Mon, 24 May 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Grand Jury Indictment of Counselor Accused of Stealing Thousands of Dollars from Medicaid Program ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Grand_Jury_Indictment_of_Counselor.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General secured a grand jury indictment against Cathy Chidester of Drop In Counseling for defrauding the State’s Medicaid program, among other charges. Chidester is accused of illegally billing the program, spanning from September 1, 2017, to October 28, 2019. Chidester faces 15 felony charges, including multiple counts of fraud over $20,000.00, obstruction of investigation, Medicaid fraud and theft of identity. </pre></div>
Mon, 24 May 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Additional Charges Against Man Previously Accused of Recording Sexual Abusing A Child ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Additional_Charges_Against_Man_Previously_Accused_of_Recording_Sexual_Abusing_A_Child.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that additional charges of child exploitation have been filed against Jordan Padilla. Padilla had previously been charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 years of age, false imprisonment, and sexual exploitation of children among other charges. After successfully detaining Mr. Padilla, the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General continued investigating for other potential crimes of sexual exploitation of children. </pre></div>
Fri, 04 Jun 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Suit against Baby-Food Makers and Retailers for Selling Products Containing Toxic Heavy Metals ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Files_Suit_against_Baby_Food_Makers_and_Retailers.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>SANTA FE, NM–Attorney General Hector Balderas filed suit today against a number of baby-food makers and major retail chains, alleging that they market and sell products in the State that are tainted with dangerous levels of arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium. Filed in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe, the Attorney General’s complaint asserts that defendants including Beech-Nut, Nurture, Hain Celestial, WalMart, and Kroger have violated consumer protection laws by promoting and selling certain contaminated products as safe and appropriate for babies, infants, and young children, “precisely the population most vulnerable to the serious adverse neurodevelopmental effects and other adverse health effects known to be associated with exposure to or consumption of” toxic chemicals and heavy metals. </pre></div>
Mon, 07 Jun 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Guilty Verdicts for Former Taxation and Revenue Cabinet Secretary Demesia Padilla ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Guilty_Verdicts_for_Former_Taxation_and_Revenue_Cabinet_Secretary_Demesia_Padilla.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Balderas announced that jurors in the Thirteenth Judicial District found former Taxation and Revenue Department Cabinet Secretary Demesia Padilla guilty of two felony counts. Jurors found beyond a reasonable doubt that Padilla stole over $25,000 from Harold’s Grading and Trucking, a Bernalillo business, while she was also acting as cabinet secretary. Padilla acquired this money by surreptiotusly linking her personal credit card to the business’ checking account.</pre></div>
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Conviction of Albuquerque Man on 25 Counts Related to the Sexual Abuse of Children ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Conviction_of_Albuquerque_Man_on_25_Counts_Related_to_the_Sexual_Abuse_of_Children.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Jordan Padilla was convicted on 25 felony counts, including charges of criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 years of age, solicitation to commit criminal sexual penetration of a minor under 13 years of age, criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 years of age, false imprisonment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sexual exploitation of children by recording, manufacturing, and possession.</pre></div>
Fri, 25 Jun 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Prison Sentence for Albuquerque Man Convicted of Possessing Child Sexual Abuse Material ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Prison_Sentence_for_Albuquerque_Man.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Jerrell G. Bundy was sentenced to the New Mexico Department of Corrections for Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material (“CSAM”). Bundy will serve three years in prison followed by five years on supervised probation, one year of parole, and will be required to register as a sex offender.</pre></div>
Wed, 30 Jun 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Wishes New Mexicans a Happy and Safe Fourth of July, Issues Safety Advisory ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Wishes_New_Mexicans_a_Happy_and_Safe_Fourth_of_July.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas wishes all New Mexicans a happy and safe Fourth of July. He also advises everyone to follow fire and fireworks restrictions, and expressly warns against the discharge of any firearms during celebrations.</pre></div>
Fri, 02 Jul 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas joins bipartisan coalition of attorneys general supporting nomination of Ken Salazar to be U.S. ambassador to Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_joins_bipartisan_coalition_of_attorneys_general_supporting_nomination_of_Ken_Salazar_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Balderas oday joined a bipartisan coalition of 30 attorneys general to urge the U.S. Senate to approve former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s nomination as U.S. ambassador to Mexico. In the letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Ranking Member James Risch, R-Idaho, the attorneys general say our country is at a significant juncture in U.S.-Mexico relations, and that Salazar is a seasoned statesman well equipped to meet the challenges of serving as the ambassador to Mexico.</pre></div>
Thu, 15 Jul 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Felony Conviction of Former Rio Arriba County Commissioner ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Felony_Conviction_of_Former_Rio_Arriba_County_Commissioner.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that former Rio Arriba County Commissioner Barney Trujillo was found guilty after trial for violating New Mexico’s procurement code. A Santa Fe District Court Judge found that Trujillo failed to disclose in-kind campaign contributions he made to an Española Public School Board member’s campaign as required by a professional services agreement he subsequently entered into with that same board. </pre></div>
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Lawsuit Against Developer of Popular Game Angry Birds for Illegally Collecting Child Data ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Lawsuit_Against_Developer_of_Popular_Game_Angry_Birds.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a federal lawsuit against Rovio Entertainment, the developer of the massively popular “Angry Birds” mobile gaming franchise. The suit, brought under the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (or “COPPA”) as well as state law, alleges that Rovio knowingly collects personal information from children under the age of 13 that play the Angry Birds games. Rovio then sends that information off to a constellation of third party marketing companies that analyze, repackage, resell and otherwise use the information to sell targeted advertising to those children. </pre></div>
Wed, 25 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces $157,500 Restitution Award for Survivor of Sex Trafficking ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_%24157_500_Restitution_Award_for_Survivor_of_Sex_Trafficking.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—On September 21, 2021, prosecutors argued that a survivor of human trafficking should receive compensation for the forced labor she endured at the hands of convicted human trafficker Wallace Carson. Judge Britt Baca-Miller of the Second Judicial District Court agreed and ordered a $157,500 restitution award for the survivor to compensate for future medical treatment, lost wages, and other harms suffered as a result of Carson’s criminal activity.</pre></div>
Tue, 28 Sep 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Office of the Attorney General to host National Drug Take Back Day in Santa Fe ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_to_host_National_Drug_Take_Back_Day_in_Santa_Fe.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General is hosting a National Drug Take Back Day location in downtown Santa Fe this Saturday, October 23, 2021. New Mexicans can safely dispose of prescription drugs (no questions asked) like opioids, sleep medications, and Benzodiazepines in order to keep them out of the hands of our youth and to prevent dangerous addictions. All types of prescription drugs will be accepted for safe disposal by the Office of the Attorney General from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday. If you cannot make it to the Office of the Attorney General, you can find a location near you at: https://takebackday.dea.gov</pre></div>
Wed, 20 Oct 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Files Petition for Review of Court of Appeals’ Reversal of Second Degree Murder Conviction ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Files_Petition_for_Review_of_Court_of_Appeals%E2%80%99_Reversal.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM—Today, Attorney General announced that he has filed a petition in the New Mexico Supreme Court to review the New Mexico Court of Appeals opinion which reversed Matthew Chavez’ second degree murder conviction because the jury was instructed on self-defense and defense of another but not on voluntary manslaughter. Chavez was convicted of second degree murder and attempted robbery and sentenced to 23 1/2 years of incarceration.</pre></div>
Mon, 01 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Reflects with Gratitude on Veteran’s Day ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Reflects_on_Veteran%E2%80%99s_Day.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement in recognition of Veteran’s Day:


“I’m inspired by the heroism of those who have died serving our country and the brave men and women that continue to fight for our freedom. I am thankful to our veterans whose love of country continues to bring honor to our communities.”</pre></div>

Thu, 11 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Guilty Plea Against Counselor Accused of Defrauding State’s Medicaid Program ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Guilty_Plea_Against_Counselor__Revised___1_.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Las Cruces, NM–Yesterday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Cathy Chidester, who operated Drop In Counseling in Las Cruces, pled guilty to Medicaid Fraud, Obstruction of Investigation, and Identity Theft. Ms. Chidester was accused of fraudulently billing New Mexico’s Medicaid program for children’s counseling, when in fact, public school records showed that the children were in class attending school during the alleged counseling sessions. Sentencing for Ms. Chidester will be in 60 days and she faces up to five years imprisonment in addition to payment of restitution of more than $177,000.</pre></div>
Thu, 11 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Optimistic, and Expresses Support for Potential Path Forward in Utility Merger ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Optimistic__and_Expresses_Support_for_Potential_Path_Forward_in_Utility_Merger.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement in light of the Hearing Examiner’s recommendations to PNM/Avangrid merger:


“While this litigation has been hotly contested by many diverse special interests, I remain steadfast and supportive of the merger with the additional robust terms. As the sole voice elected by and accountable to consumers in this negotiation, I’m optimistic the Commission will agree with the majority of the stakeholders that the merger is in the public interest.”</pre></div>

Fri, 12 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas and Environment Secretary Kenney Ask U.S. Court of Appeals to Review Nuclear Regulatory Commission Decision ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_and_Environment_Secretary_Kenney_Ask_U.S._Court_of_Appeals_to_Review_Nuclear_Regulatory_Commission_Decision.docx__2_.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM–Yesterday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Environment Secretary James Kenney asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to review the decision of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to grant a license to build a “Consolidated Interim Storage Facility” (CISF) in Andrews County, Texas. The facility, known as the Waste Control Specialists (WCS) CISF, would be located just a quarter of a mile from the New Mexico Border, 5 miles east of Eunice, New Mexico, and 45 miles east of the proposed Holtec CISF for which a license is also pending before the NRC. New Mexico previously filed a separate lawsuit challenging aspects of that licensing procedure. Yesterday’s filing in the 10th Circuit is a part of New Mexico’s multi-pronged challenge to NRC’s approval of both these high level nuclear waste storage facilities.</pre></div>
Sat, 13 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Hector Balderas Joins Multistate Coalition in Support of Federal Effort to Prioritize Workplace Rights and Safety in Immigration Enforcement ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Hector_Balderas_Joins_Multistate_Coalition_in_Support_of_Federal_Effort_to_Prioritize_Workplace_Rights.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Attorney General Balderas today joined a coalition of attorneys general — as well as several local agencies across the country — in a letter in support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) plan to change its worksite enforcement practices to support enforcement of wage protections, workplace safety, labor rights, and other employment laws and standards. In the letter, the coalition highlights several key recommendations to ensure that DHS’ immigration enforcement policies and practices facilitate the ability of state and local labor enforcement officials to advance fair labor standards.</pre></div>
Mon, 15 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces an Additional Six Year Sentence for Man Accused of Abusing his Children ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_an_Additional_Six_Year_Sentence_for_Man_Accused_of_Abusing_his_Children.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM– Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that James Stewart was convicted of seven additional counts of child abuse in front of Judge Cindy Leos. Judge Leos sentenced Stewart to an additional six years in prison to run consecutive to his 20 year sentence after conviction at a jury trial in 2019. Stewart will now serve a total sentence of 26 years in the Department of Corrections. </pre></div>
Wed, 17 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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‘All Clear’: New Mexico Ethics Commission and New Mexico Supreme Court Disciplinary Board Review and Dismiss Complaints Against Attorney General Balderas; State Auditor Finds No Wrongdoing ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/New_Mexico_Ethics_Commission_and_New_Mexico_Supreme_Court_Disciplinary_Board_Review_and_Dismiss_Complaints.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – The New Mexico Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint filed against Attorney General Balderas by several individuals and the Santa Fe non-profit group New Energy Economy; an identical complaint was filed with the Office of the State Auditor. A hearing officer for the Commission adopted the recommendation of the Commission’s general counsel to outright dismiss the complaint, while an independent auditor hired by the Office of the State Auditor extensively tested the Office of the Attorney General’s procurement processes and legal billing practices, finding no violations. These rejections of the complaint come after the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board rejected an identical complaint there.</pre></div>
Wed, 17 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS JOINS NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION INTO INSTAGRAM’S IMPACT ON YOUNG PEOPLE ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_JOINS_NATIONWIDE_INVESTIGATION_INTO_INSTAGRAM%E2%80%99S_IMPACT_ON_YOUNG_PEOPLE.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Balderas today joined a nationwide investigation into Meta Platforms, Inc., formerly known as Facebook, for providing and promoting its social media platform – Instagram – to children and young adults despite knowing that such use is associated with physical and mental health harms. Attorneys General across the country are examining whether the company violated state consumer protection laws and put the public at risk.</pre></div>
Thu, 18 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Recognizing Native American Heritage and a Call to Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People; Task Force Convened ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Recognizing_Native_American_Heritage_and_a_Call_to_Action_for_Missing_and_Murdered_Indigenous_People%3B_Task_Force_Convened.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, Attorney General Balderas today remembers all missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Natives on Red Shawl Day.</pre></div>
Fri, 19 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Another Repeat Offender Taken off the Streets, Resulting from Partnership With APD Organized Crime Unit and Major Retailer ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Another_Repeat_Offender_Taken_off_the_Streets.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the conviction and sentencing of another repeat offender as a result of a partnership between APD and Home Depot’s Asset Protection Team. Michael Johnston was sentenced today to 2 years in the Department of Corrections by Judge Stan Whitaker of the Second Judicial District Court following his guilty plea to two counts of felony shoplifting.</pre></div>
Fri, 19 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Multi Agency Initiative Success, by Securing Convictions and Prison Sentences for Revolving-Door Criminals ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Multi_Agency_Initiative_Success.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the convictions and sentencings of two co-defendants as a result of a multi-agency investigation of prolific criminals in Albuquerque. On November 17, 2021, Janelle Delayo was sentenced to 3 years in the Department of Corrections by Judge James Sanchez of the Thirteenth Judicial District Court following her guilty pleas to felony shoplifting, receipt and transfer of a stolen car and an admission to violating the terms of her probation for an armed robbery conviction. Her associate, Frankie Snyder, was sentenced on October 18, 2021 to 18 months in the Department of Corrections by Judge Stanley Whitaker of the Second Judicial District Court following guilty pleas to charges related to the receipt and transfer of a stolen car and multiple controlled substance offenses. </pre></div>
Fri, 19 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces 57 Year Prison Sentence forConvicted Child Predator Jordan Padilla ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Jordan_Padilla_Sentencing_Press_Release.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Jordan Padilla was committed to 57 years in the Department of Corrections as part of a 271 year sentence. On June 25, 2021, a Bernalillo County jury convicted the Defendant of 25 felony counts related to the prolific sexual abuse of children, including charges of criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 years of age, false imprisonment, and sexual exploitation of children. Judge Cindy Leos presided over the trial and sentencing. As part of this sentence, Judge Leos ordered restitution for the unidentified child victim and for dozens of other children harmed by the Defendant while he is serving his prison sentence. Judge Leos emphasized that the restitution order is to be a reminder, every month, of the consequences of his criminal sexual abuse of children and the lifelong harm it caused to the victims. </pre></div>
Mon, 22 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Reaches $32.5 Million Settlement with Financial Institutions Over Mortgage-Backed Securities Case ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Reaches_%2432.5_Million_Settlement_with_Financial_Institutions.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Below is Attorney General Balderas’ response to the attached Press Release.



“Grateful to Senator Cervantes and the NM Legislature for giving us the legal tools to partner with citizen whistleblowers and allowing our office to recover over 24 million dollars that we will return to educator and public employee pension funds in New Mexico.”</pre></div>

Mon, 22 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Joins States in Urging the U.S. Department of Energy to Adopt Energy Efficiency Standards for Manufactured Houses ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Joins_States_in_Urging_DOE_to_Adopt_Energy_Efficiency_Standards_for_Manufactured_Houses.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined several states in urging the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to adopt cost-effective energy efficiency standards for manufactured houses (commonly known as mobile homes). In a letter submitted in response to an August 2021 DOE proposal, the states, along with local government officials, request that DOE apply minimum energy standards across the board, including to the lowest priced homes. DOE has proposed two potential approaches – uniform minimum standards for all models, or a “tiered” approach that would apply less stringent standards for units below a certain price threshold.</pre></div>
Wed, 01 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Support for State Ethics Commission’s Proposed Overhaul of the Financial Disclosure Act; an Effective Way to Reduce Political Corruption in New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_Support_for_State_Ethics_Commission%E2%80%99s_Proposed_Overhaul_of_the_Financial_Disclosure_Act.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Balderas announced support for legislation proposed by the State Ethics Commission that would dramatically overhaul New Mexico’s existing Financial Disclosure Act. As it currently stands, the Act requires certain public officers to file disclosure statements with the Secretary of State listing various categories of financial-related information. However, critics of the Act have noted it is unduly vague as to who is required to make a disclosure and is similarly vague as to what must be disclosed. </pre></div>
Thu, 02 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Judge Who Used Public Employment to Steal $284,000 From Deceased Man’s Estate Sentenced to Prison ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Judge_Who_Used_Public_Employment_to_Steal_%24284_000_From_Deceased_Man%E2%80%99s_Estate_Sentenced_to_Prison.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Pamela and Randy Smith have been sentenced to prison for multiple frauds and for engaging in an official act for personal gain. Pamela Smith previously served as a probate judge and deputy medical investigator for the City of Truth or Consequences. She used her official positions to falsify public records related to a deceased man’s estate and appointed her husband, Randy Smith, as special administrator to that man’s estate. Randy Smith used his appointed position to steal approximately $284,000 from the estate and convert it to the Smiths’ own personal use. </pre></div>
Fri, 03 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Enters into Historic Settlement for Opioid Dollars, Will Continue to Push Toward Trial Against Remaining Bad Actors; Could Result in Millions of Dollars for Local Communities ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Enters_into_Historic_Settlement_for_Opioid_Dollars.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced that New Mexico will join in an $18.5 billion nationwide settlement with the three largest distributors of opioid medications in the United States. The three distributors who will pay into the settlement over the next 18 years are McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal Health. </pre></div>
Tue, 07 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Legislative Partnership with Senator Pinto for Statewide Notification and Coordination in Handling Incidents of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women; Pushing Necessary Reform ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Legislative_Partnership_with_Senator_Pinto.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM— Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Senator Shannon Pinto announced legislation addressing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives. In 2020, the New Mexico Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives Task Force (MMIWR) released a report highlighting the generational failures and numerous atrocities plaguing missing and murdered indigenous persons. In response to the findings in the report, the Attorney General’s office crafted critical legislation with Senator Pinto to combat cases of murdered and missing indigenous women, including those being trafficked.</pre></div>
Thu, 09 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces First-Degree Depraved Mind Murder Conviction Upheld by NM Supreme Court for Drive-By Shooting of Young Victim ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_First_Degree_Depraved_Mind_Murder.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court affirmed the first-degree depraved mind murder conviction of Esias Frank Madrid.</pre></div>
Mon, 13 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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New Mexico Credit Union Receives the Nation’s First Financial Institution Certification for Cannabis and Hemp Banking Protocols ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/New_Mexico_Credit_Union_Receives_the_Nation%E2%80%99s_First_Financial_Institution_Certification_for_Cannabis_and_Hemp_Banking_Protocols.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, New Mexico — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announces that New Mexico-based U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union is the first financial institution to become certified in the country for outstanding U.S. monetary banking protocols in banking cannabis and hemp operations.</pre></div>
Mon, 13 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Hector Balderas Announces Landmark Settlements with Google Over Children’s Online Privacy ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Hector_Balderas_Announces_Landmark_Settlements.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his Consumer & Environmental Protection Division has resolved two federal court cases filed against Google LLC. Both cases concern allegations made by Balderas against the company under the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, as well as under state consumer protection laws.</pre></div>
Mon, 13 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Investigation and Issues Consumer Advisory on Increased Cost and Unavailability of Propane Gas ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Investigation_Increased_Cost_and_Unavailability_of_Propane_Gas.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement and advisory to all New Mexicans in response to reports of rising costs and unavailability of propane gas in New Mexico, especially in Northern New Mexico.</pre></div>
Tue, 14 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Announces Prison Sentence for Gallup Man Convicted of Vehicular Homicide ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Announces_Prison_Sentence_for_Gallup_Man.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Attorney General Balderas announced today that Mathew Vargas was sentenced by McKinley County Judge Robert Aragon to 7.5 years in the Department of Corrections. Vargas was convicted following a jury trial in April 2021 for vehicular homicide. This was the fourth sentencing hearing for Vargas, with the most recent being rescheduled because Vargas collapsed in the courtroom. He later tested positive for alcohol and registered a BAC of .29.</pre></div>
Wed, 15 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Emergency Room Technicians Can Draw Blood for DWI Investigations after NM Supreme Court Upholds NM Court of Appeals Decision ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Emergency_Room_Technicians_Can_Draw_Blood_for_DWI_Investigations.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court determined a hospital emergency department technician, also licensed as an EMT, with training and experience in drawing blood, is statutorily authorized to draw blood for the purposes of DWI investigations.</pre></div>
Fri, 17 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Sues Bob’s LP Gas, Inc. for Failure to Provide Propane Gas; Provides Hotline for Impacted Consumers ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Sues_Bob%E2%80%99s_LP_Gas__Inc._for_Failure_to_Provide_Propane_Gas.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM– Today, following his investigation and consumer advisory on increased cost and unavailability of propane gas, Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a lawsuit against Bob’s LP Gas, Inc. (“Bob’s Gas”) for failure to provide the propane gas they had contracted to deliver to vulnerable Northern New Mexicans as the winter weather sets in.

“It is unconscionable that a company is able to leave hundreds of New Mexicans without access to safe heat when they need it the most,” said Attorney General Balderas. “This issue is a matter of life and death.”</pre></div>

Thu, 23 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Affordable Connectivity Program for Internet Service ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Affordable_Connectivity_Program_for_Internet_Service.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his office is working to help build awareness about the new Affordable Connectivity Program, recently launched by the Federal Communications Commission. The new $14 billion Affordable Connectivity Program has a long-term benefit that will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households struggling to afford internet service. Eligible households are encouraged to apply to receive up to $30 per month discount toward internet service and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households may also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 toward the purchase of a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.</pre></div>
Thu, 06 Jan 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Hector Balderas Announces $1.85 Billion Settlement with Student Loan Servicer Navient ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Hector_Balderas_Announces_%241.85_Billion_Settlement_Navient.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM– Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that Navient, known as one of the nation’s largest student loan servicers, will provide relief totaling $1.85 billion to resolve allegations of widespread unfair and deceptive student loan servicing practices and abuses in originating predatory student loans.</pre></div>
Thu, 13 Jan 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Urges Citizens to Beware of COVID-19 Test Scams ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Urges_Citizens_to_Beware_of_COVID_19_Test_Scams.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a consumer alert warning New Mexicans about COVID-19 test scams. With more and more people seeking tests, scammers may be exploiting this demand to steal personal, financial, or medical information. New Mexicans should also be aware of reports that certain testing sites are issuing illegitimate “negative” test results without actual testing taking place. Attorney General Balderas asks New Mexicans to remain vigilant when requesting a COVID-19 test—both at a testing site and at home.</pre></div>
Fri, 14 Jan 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Seals a Victory for New Mexico; Enters $5 Billion Opioid Settlement with Johnson & Johnson ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Seals_a_Victory_for_New_Mexico__Enters_%245_Billion_Settlement.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced that New Mexico will join in a $5 billion nationwide settlement with drug maker Johnson & Johnson and two related companies, resolving allegations that the companies fueled the opioid crisis in the state. The companies have agreed to pay New Mexico its share of the settlement in full, in 2022, if all eligible New Mexico county and city governments sign onto the deal by May 31, 2022. Most other states will be paid over the course of several years. </pre></div>
Fri, 14 Jan 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Update on Partnership With APD in New Law Enforcement Initiative Targeting Crimes Against Indigenous Women: Task Force Reforms Headed to SenateJudiciary Committee for Approval ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Update_on_Partnership_With_APD_in_New_Law_Enforcement_Initiative_Targeting_Crimes_Against_Indigenous_Women.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the
Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is partnering with the Albuquerque Police
Department (APD), to review unsolved missing and indigenous persons homicide
cases. Special agents and prosecutors from the OAG are working directly with APD’s
cold case unit to evaluate, investigate, and prosecute cases involving missing and
indigenous persons.</pre></div>

Thu, 27 Jan 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Uber Driver Will Face Trial for Murder After Court of Appeals Reverses District Court Ruling ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Uber_Driver_Will_Face_Trial_for_Murder.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s dismissal of a second-degree murder charge stemming from a fatal shooting on St. Patrick’s Day 2019.</pre></div>
Mon, 31 Jan 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Reports on Organized Retail Crime Operation; Nets Multiple Arrests ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Reports_on_Organized_Retail_Crime_Operation_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a two-day coordinated law enforcement operation targeting organized retail crime resulted in the arrest of multiple offenders over the weekend, the majority being repeat offenders. The operation was specifically designed to target in-progress felonies and known repeat offenders at Albuquerque retailers.</pre></div>
Tue, 08 Feb 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas, Senators Pinto and Lopez Applaud Senate Passage of Critical Legislation to Combat the Epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas__Senators_Pinto_and_Lopez_Applaud_Senate_Passage_of_Critical_Legislation.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM— Attorney General Hector Balderas and Senators Shannon Pinto and Linda Lopez applaud the New Mexico Senate for passing Senate Bill 12, which is aimed at combating cases of murdered and missing indigenous women, including those being trafficked. The bill, which met some roadblocks in the Senate Judiciary, passed the Senate by a vote of 34-0 and will now move onto the House of Representatives.</pre></div>
Tue, 15 Feb 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Successful in Enforcing Court Order Against Cowboys for Trump; Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms District Court ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Successful_in_Enforcing_Court_Order_Against_Cowboys_for_Trump.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a victory for the State yesterday, in a ruling on appeal that helps ensure New Mexico’s elections remain open and transparent. In 2020, Cowboys for Trump filed suit challenging the constitutionality of New Mexico’s Campaign Reporting Act after the group had refused to comply with an order to register with the New Mexico Secretary of State or identify its major funders. The New Mexico federal district court had dismissed Cowboys for Trump’s lawsuit, but Cowboys for Trump alleged that the laws were unconstitutional and appealed the dismissal to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. </pre></div>
Wed, 16 Feb 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Hector Balderas Announces $415 Million in Additional Relief for Students Defrauded by ITT Tech ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Hector_Balderas_Announces_%24415_Million_in_Additional_Relief_for_Students_Defrauded_by_ITT_Tech.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM— Attorney General Hector Balderas, alongside the federal Department of Education and attorneys general in Colorado and Illinois, today announced $415 million in additional debt relief for students defrauded by ITT Tech. ITT Tech, which closed in 2016, repeatedly lied to students about its accreditation and students’ job prospects.</pre></div>
Wed, 16 Feb 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas, Environment Secretary Kenney and Trustee Hart Stebbins Announce Landmark Litigation Milestone That Will Benefit Communities in Northwest New Mexico ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas__Environment_Secretary_Kenney_and_Trustee_Hart_Stebbins_Announce_Landmark_Litigation_Milestone.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>SANTA FE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Environment Secretary James Kenney, and Natural Resources Trustee Maggie Hart Stebbins announce an agreement in principle to settle New Mexico’s claims against the federal government in the litigation over the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster. On Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, the parties agreed to put the litigation on hold for 90 days so that the terms of the agreement can be finalized in a formal settlement agreement. Final settlement terms will be focused on investing funds into communities in northwest New Mexico to bolster the agriculture and outdoor recreation economies and mitigate the stigma caused by the spill. The settlement will also pay New Mexico’s response costs, restore and conserve riverine and land habitats, provide ongoing monitoring of water quality, and control and mitigate sources of pollution to protect drinking water.</pre></div>
Wed, 16 Feb 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Convictions of Former West Las Vegas Middle School Security Guard Accused of Sexual Crimes Against a Student ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Conviction_of_Abran_Ulibarri.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas secures convictions of former Las Vegas security guard, Abran Ulibarri, pled guilty to six crimes related to sexual offenses against a Las Vegas middle school student. Ulibarri pled guilty to criminal sexual penetration of a minor, three counts of false imprisonment, criminal solicitation to commit tampering with evidence, and bribery of a witness. Ulibarri used his position of authority to sexually assault a fourteen-year-old middle school student on campus during school hours several times over the course of the school year in 2019. </pre></div>
Mon, 21 Feb 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Former Taos DA Investigator Sentenced to Serve One Year for Distributing Child Sexual Abuse Material ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Former_Taos_DA_Investigator_Sentenced_to_Serve_One_Year_for_Dist.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Tomas Trujillo, a former Taos District Attorney Investigator, was sentenced by Judge Glenn Ellington to serve one year in jail. Trujillo pled to one count of sexual exploitation of children by distribution and faced up to eleven years in prison. Trujillo was formerly an affiliate of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force which trained him to investigate the very crime of which he was convicted. </pre></div>
Thu, 24 Feb 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Launches Energy Security Investigation and Emergency Preparedness Task Force to Strengthen Emergency Response Plans for Extreme Heat Events ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Launches_Energy_Security_Investigation_and_Emergency_Preparedness_Task_Force.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM— In his ongoing efforts to protect New Mexicans, Attorney General Balderas announced today he is convening an all-of-government task force, with state, local, and tribal government leaders, to critically assess New Mexico’s response to extreme heat events. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has a docket open to explore how the State’s largest utility can avoid rolling blackouts this summer. The Attorney General’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Division has already begun meeting with PNM, industry experts, and interest groups to explore the legal and technical options for avoiding blackouts this summer. </pre></div>
Thu, 24 Feb 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas and DA Luce Announce that Attempted First Degree Murder and Child Abuse Charges Filed Against Alexis Avila Have Been Bound-over to District Court ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_and_DA_Luce_Announce_that_Attempted_First_Degree_Murder.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and District Attorney Dianna Luce announce that Alexis Avila has been bound-over on the crimes of attempted first degree murder and child abuse resulting in great bodily harm. Judge William Shoobridge held that the evidence presented provided probable cause to believe that the crimes were committed. Avila, a Hobbs High School student, is accused of placing her newborn child in multiple plastic bags filled with trash before throwing him into a dumpster in freezing conditions behind a Hobbs business. </pre></div>
Mon, 28 Feb 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Guilty Plea Against Power of Attorney Accused of Financially Exploiting Nursing Home Resident and Defrauding State Medicaid Program ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Guilty_Plea_Against_Power_of_Attorney.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Alamogordo, NM— Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Guadalupe Evelyn Kingston, who held power of attorney for a nursing home resident, pled guilty to Exploitation of a Resident’s Property (over $20,000.00), two counts of Forgery (each over $20,000.00), Identity Theft, and Falsification of Documents. Ms. Kingston represented to the Human Services Department that funds belonging to a nursing home resident were being held in a Medicaid trust, when in fact, no trust existed and Ms. Kingston was spending the funds on herself for trips, a car payment, spa visits, online dating, pet grooming, and other personal items. Ms. Kingston will be sentenced in approximately 60 days and she faces up to five years imprisonment in addition to payment of restitution of $84,094.44.</pre></div>
Tue, 01 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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Secretary of State and Attorney General Issue Voter Risk Advisory After Problematic Reports Emerge About Otero County Election Audit; Hotline Available to Voters ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Secretary_of_State_and_Attorney_General_Issue_Voter_Risk_Advisory_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>SANTA FE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Attorney General Hector Balderas released information today reminding New Mexican voters about their rights to privacy after problematic reports have emerged as a third-party election “audit” is being conducted in Otero County.</pre></div>
Wed, 02 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS JOINS NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION INTO TIKTOK ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_JOINS_NATIONWIDE_INVESTIGATION_INTO_TIKTOK.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a nationwide investigation into TikTok for providing and promoting its social media platform to children and young adults while use is associated with physical and mental health harms. Attorneys General nationwide are examining whether the company violated state consumer protection laws and put the public at risk.</pre></div>
Wed, 02 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Secures Nearly $200 Million for New Mexico and Communities Across the State in Opioid Allocation Deal ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Secures_Nearly_%24200_Million_for_New_Mexico_and_Communities.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a deal to allocate opioid settlement funds to more than fifty communities throughout the State, securing more than $195.5 million from four opioid manufacturing and distribution companies. Johnson & Johnson, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson, will pay out these funds over the next 18 years, with a significant portion being paid by 2025. </pre></div>
Mon, 07 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Hector Balderas Joins Coalition in Defense of Federal GHG Standards for Light-Duty Vehicles ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Hector_Balderas_Joins_Coalition_in_Defense_of_Federal_GHG_Standards_for_Light_Duty_Vehicles.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE – AG Balderas today, as part of a coalition of attorneys general and cities and counties, filed a motion to intervene in defense of federal greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) standards for light-duty vehicles.</pre></div>
Tue, 08 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Serial Shoplifter to Remain in Jail, Vows to Target Aggressive Organized Retail Criminals ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Serial_Shoplifter_to_Remain_in_Jail.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Attorney General Hector Balderas announces serial shoplifter, Athena Padilla, will remain in jail as her criminal cases move forward. Today, Metropolitan Court Judge Christine Rodriguez found that Athena Padilla had willfully violated her conditions of release and no conditions of release would ensure her compliance, and revoked her conditions of release. The Attorney General’s Office is now prosecuting Athena Padilla in two cases with twenty-one counts. </pre></div>
Wed, 09 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas and DA Luce Announce Successful Extradition of Strangulation Homicide Suspect; Defendant Will Be Brought Back to Face Justice ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_and_DA_Luce_Announce_Successful_Extradition_of_Strangulation_Homicide_Suspect.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and 5th Judicial District Attorney Dianna Luce announced that Jorge Rico-Ruvira has been returned to the United States to stand trial for the murder of Isela Sanchez, the mother of his son. Jorge Rico-Ruvira is alleged to have committed an Aggravated Battery against Isela Sanchez in October of 2019, and then in January of 2020 to have strangled Isela Sanchez to death. It is alleged that he then took their three-year-old son Osciel Rico to Mexico, leaving Isela Sanchez’s seven-year-old daughter alone in the house with Isela Sanchez’s body. An Amber Alert was issued for Osciel Rico.</pre></div>
Wed, 09 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Court of Appeals Reverses District Court Dismissal; Possession of Multiple Controlled Substances Supports Separate Possession Charges ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Court_of_Appeals_Reverses_District_Court_Dismissal.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, the Court of Appeals reversed a district court dismissal of one of two controlled substance possession charges and held that both charges could proceed to trial.</pre></div>
Thu, 10 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Guilty Verdict Against Former Teacher and Serial Rapist Gary Gregor, who Raped Multiple Students in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe County ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Guilty_Verdict_Against_Former_Teacher_and_Serial_Rapist_Gary_Gregor.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas secured multiple convictions against Gary Gregor, a former elementary teacher at Agua Fria Elementary School in Santa Fe. A jury found him guilty of four counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, and one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor. This is the third trial that the Attorney General’s Office has successfully prosecuted against Gregor for molesting elementary students.</pre></div>
Fri, 11 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas and DA Luce Announce Strangulation Homicide Suspect Will Be Detained Until Trial ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_and_DA_Luce_Announce_Strangulation_Homicide_Suspect_Will_Be_Detained_Until_Trial.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ROSWELL, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and 5th Judicial District Attorney Dianna Luce argued that Jorge Rico-Ruvira is dangerous and there are no conditions of release that would protect the community from him. Judge Thomas Lilley agreed with the arguments of the prosecutors and held the defendant on a no bond hold.</pre></div>
Fri, 11 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Issues Statement on Census Undercount ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Issues_Statement_on_Census_Undercount.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE— Attorney General Hector Balderas predicted that the 2020 census would seriously undercount New Mexico’s population, and the U.S. Census Bureau has now proved him right.</pre></div>
Fri, 11 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Indictment of Two Serial Shoplifters for Multiple Felonies, Part of a Multi-Jurisdictional Effort to Target Organized Retail Crime ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Indictment_of_Two_Serial_Shoplifters.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Attorney General Hector Balderas announces two serial shoplifters, Isaiah Martinez and Athena Padilla, were indicted on multiple charges related to their brazen criminal acts that have terrorized the retail community for months.

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Fri, 11 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Serial Shoplifter to Be Held Behind Bars Until Trial; Flash Mob Criminal Is a Danger to the Community ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Announces_Isaiah_Martinez_To_Be_Held_Behind_Bars.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Attorney General Hector Balderas announces that serial shoplifter, Isaiah Martinez, will remain in jail as his criminal cases move forward. District Court Judge Joseph Montano found that Isaiah Martinez was a danger to the community and to the state’s economy. Judge Montano also found that there were no conditions of release that would ensure Martinez’s compliance with court orders because Martinez was already under conditions of release in two other cases with which he did not comply.</pre></div>
Tue, 15 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Criminal Charge for Failing to Comply With New Mexico’s Campaign Reporting Act ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Criminal_Charge_for_Failing_to_Comply_With_New_Mexico%E2%80%99s_Campaign_Reporting_Act.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Today, Attorney General Balderas announced that his office filed a misdemeanor criminal information against Couy Griffin for one count of violating the Campaign Reporting Act.</pre></div>
Fri, 18 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas to Prosecute Violent Serial Shoplifter; Defendant Arrested and Awaiting Extradition ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_to_Prosecute_Violent_Serial_Shoplifter.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Attorney General Hector Balderas announces yet another apprehension in a series of arrests related to organized retail crime. On Tuesday, March 15, 2022, Brianna Garcia was pulled over and arrested in Beckham County, Oklahoma. Garcia first came to law enforcement and the Attorney General’s attention in January of this year after committing a number of shopliftings across Albuquerque. Those incidents quickly devolved into violence when Garcia was confronted by store associates.</pre></div>
Fri, 18 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Maximum Sentence for Former West Las Vegas Middle School Security Guard Convicted of Sexual Crimes Against Children ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Maximum_Sentence_for_Former_West_Las_Vegas_Middle_School_Security_Guard.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the sentencing of former Las Vegas security guard, Abran Ulibarri. Judge Abigail Aragon imposed the maximum sentence allowed under the plea of ten years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections. The victim also spoke to the court in favor of incarceration. “This was not a lapse of judgment,” Judge Aragon said at sentencing. “It was premeditated, predatory conduct on a vulnerable child.” Ulibarri was immediately taken into custody to begin serving his sentence. </pre></div>
Mon, 21 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Targets Predators on School Campuses, Secures 84 Additional Years Against Serial Rapist Gary Gregor ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Targets_Predators_on_School_Campuses.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Gary Gregor, a former elementary teacher at Agua Fria Elementary School in Santa Fe, was sentenced to 84 additional years in prison. Last week, a jury found him guilty of four counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, and one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor. This is the third trial that the Attorney General’s Office has successfully prosecuted against Gregor for abusing multiple elementary students. </pre></div>
Wed, 23 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Files Criminal Complaint Against Former Española City Manager for Stealing City Funds ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Files_Criminal_Complaint_Against_Former_Espa%C3%B1ola_City_Manager_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the filing of a criminal complaint against former Española City Manager, David Valdez. Valdez served as the Española City Manager for four months in 2019, and while he was employed it is alleged that Valdez stole a bag containing checks and cash, totaling $18,244.32, from Española City Hall on or about April 12, 2019. The checks and cash were city utility payments from customers earmarked for deposit. Valdez was terminated from his position on July 9, 2019.</pre></div>
Thu, 24 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas and Mayor Keller Announce Successful Organized Retail Crime Operation“Steal Back the City”; Net 16 Arrests ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_and_Mayor_Keller_Announce_Successful_Organized_Retail_Crime_Operation_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Mayor Tim Keller announced the Organized Retail Crime Task Force successfully executed the latest in a series of operations initiated to disrupt retail crime in the state of New Mexico and dismantle these criminal enterprises, which cumulatively cost legitimate retailers upwards of a billion dollars a year. Over the course of the last week dozens of officers and investigators participated in Operation “Steal Back the City,” a proactive multi-agency undertaking focused on catching criminals in the act of committing retail crimes and apprehending prolific retail crime fugitives.</pre></div>
Mon, 28 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures 30 Year Prison Sentence for Former UNM Medical Student Charged with Possessing and Manufacturing Child Sexual Exploitation Materials ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_30_Year_Prison_Sentence_for_Former_UNM_Medical_Student.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Sergei Von Hoyningen-Huene was sentenced to 30 years by Judge Cindy Leos. In May of 2021, Von Hoyningen-Huene pleaded guilty to three counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Manufacture) and one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Possession). In July 2020, Albuquerque Police Department investigators, acting on a cybertip that located child exploitation materials, conducted a search warrant of Von Hoyningen-Huene’s Albuquerque residence, where they found and seized multiple images and videos of child sexual exploitation contained on phones, laptops, and hard drives. At the time, Von Hoyningen-Huene was a medical student at the University of New Mexico as well as a commissioned officer with the United States Navy.</pre></div>
Wed, 30 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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New Mexico Attorney General Kick’s Off Energy Security Investigation Task Force ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/New_Mexico_Attorney_General_Kick%E2%80%99s_Off_Energy_Security_Investigation_Task_Force.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>LBUQUERQUE, NM— Yesterday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas kicked off the Energy Security Investigation Task Force with a virtual meeting of state, local, and industry leaders. More than 25 attendees appeared virtually, ranging from Cabinet officials, local county and city emergency management personnel, first responders, utility company representatives, humanitarian organizations, and advocates for vulnerable populations. Yesterday’s gathering was the beginning of discussions around their communities’ preparedness for extreme heat events and potential power outages. Attorney General Balderas called together the Task Force after reports that extreme heat events coupled with potential rolling blackouts were possible this summer.</pre></div>
Wed, 30 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Indictment of Violent Serial Shoplifter ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Indictment_of_Violent_Serial_Shoplifter.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announces yet another step forward against organized retail crime today with the filing of an indictment against Brianna Garcia. Brianna Garcia was pulled over on March 15, 2022, and arrested in Beckham County, Oklahoma, where she remains in custody pending extradition back to New Mexico. Today’s indictment contains twenty counts, including allegations of shoplifting, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and shooting at or from a motor vehicle.</pre></div>
Mon, 04 Apr 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS ANNOUNCES EMBEZZLEMENT CONVICTIONS OF FORMER RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES; STOLE OVER $1,000,000 FROM ROSWELL RESTAURANT ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_ANNOUNCES_EMBEZZLEMENT_CONVICTIONS_OF_FORMER_RESTAURANT_EMPLOYEES.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Today, Attorney General Balderas announced the convictions of former Cattle Baron employees, Brian and Tammy Casaus. Brian and Tammy Casaus pled guilty to charges including racketeering, embezzlement, money laundering, and tax fraud. They both face terms of incarceration, with sentencing to be held at a later date.</pre></div>
Thu, 14 Apr 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS ANNOUNCES VEHICULAR-HOMICIDE CONVICTION IN CRASH THAT KILLED 18-YEAR-OLD ALBUQUERQUE RESIDENT ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_ANNOUNCES_VEHICULAR_HOMICIDE_CONVICTION.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the guilty plea of Bernadette Etsitty for DWI-based vehicular homicide. Etsitty will be sentenced by the district court at a later date. She faces up to 12 years in prison at initial sentencing.</pre></div>
Fri, 15 Apr 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Indictment of Former Congregation Albert Employee ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Indictment_of_Former_Congregation_Albert_Employee.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announces the filing of an indictment against Crystal Lucero, a former employee of Congregation Albert Synagogue. Congregation Albert Synagogue, established in 1897, is the oldest Jewish organization of continued existence in New Mexico. Today’s indictment contains nine counts, including forgery, larceny, and embezzlement.</pre></div>
Fri, 15 Apr 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS LEADS BIPARTISAN COALITION OF 28 ATTORNEYS GENERAL URGING BETTER DISCLOSURE AND CLARITY FROM GOFUNDME ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_LEADS_COALITION_URGING_BETTER_DISCLOSURE_AND_CLARITY_FROM_GOFUNDME.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>Today, a bipartisan coalition of Attorneys General, led by General Hector Balderas (New Mexico), General Lynn Fitch (Mississippi), and General Jeff Landry (Louisiana), wrote GoFundMe to urge better disclosure policies and greater clarity in terms of service for consumers who use their platform.</pre></div>
Mon, 18 Apr 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas and DA Dianna Luce Announce Successful Guilty Verdictfor Child Predator ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_and_DA_Dianna_Luce_Announce_Successful_Guilty_Verdict_for_Child_Predator.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ROSWELL — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Fifth Judicial District Attorney Dianna Luce announce that a jury found Edward Bingham guilty of four counts of child sexual exploitation. The case was prosecuted by the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. Bingham is facing up to 43 years in prison for his actions. Sentencing will occur on August 5, 2022. </pre></div>
Fri, 22 Apr 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Kicks Off National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by Honoring Survivors, Dedicating Office Safe Space to Crime Victims ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Kicks_Off_National_Crime_Victims%E2%80%99_Rights_Week_by_Honoring_Survivors_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas kicks off the 2022 National Victims’ Rights Week, commemorating victims of crime by dedicating a conference room within his Albuquerque office to survivors of crimes. The conference room was established and decorated to be a safe, secure, and family-friendly place for survivors and victims to use when visiting the Office of the Attorney General. The room is filled with children’s furniture, toys, books, and art supplies and is intended to provide a comfortable, cozy, and warm environment for children and families. </pre></div>
Mon, 25 Apr 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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Office of the Attorney General to Host National Drug Take Back Day in Santa Fe ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Office_of_the_Attorney_General_to_Host_National_Drug_Take_Back_Day_in_Santa_Fe__April_2022_.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General is hosting a National Drug Take Back Day location in downtown Santa Fe this Saturday, April 30, 2022. New Mexicans can safely dispose of prescription drugs (no questions asked) like opioids, sleep medications, and Benzodiazepines in order to keep them out of the hands of our youth and to prevent dangerous addictions. All types of prescription drugs will be accepted for safe disposal by the Office of the Attorney General from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday. If you cannot make it to the Office of the Attorney General, you can find a location near you at https://takebackday.dea.gov.</pre></div>
Fri, 29 Apr 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Three Year Sentence for Counselor Accused of Defrauding State’s Medicaid Program ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Three_Year_Sentence_for_Counselor.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>LAS CRUCES — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Cathy Chidester, who operated Drop In Counseling in Las Cruces, was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections and immediately remanded to custody.</pre></div>
Fri, 29 Apr 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS ANNOUNCES FARMINGTON SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATOR TO STAND TRIAL ON FELONY CHARGES OF CHILD MOLESTATION ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_ANNOUNCES_FARMINGTON_SCHOOLS_ADMINISTRATOR_TO_STAND_TRIAL_ON_FELONY_CHARGES_OF_CHILD_MOLESTATION.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Caleb Foucault, an administrator at Piedra Vista High School currently on administrative leave, has been bound over for trial on three felonies — criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 (a first-degree felony), false imprisonment (a fourth-degree felony), and witness intimidation (a third-degree felony). If convicted of all charges, Foucault faces 18 to 22.5 years in prison.</pre></div>
Wed, 04 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Over $800,000 for Consumers Deceived by TurboTax ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Over_%24800_000_for_Consumers_Deceived_by_TurboTax.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas today secured $883,587.04 from the owner of TurboTax, Intuit Inc. (Intuit), for deceiving consumers into paying for tax services that should have been free. As a result of a multistate agreement, Intuit will pay $141 million in restitution to millions of consumers across the nation who were unfairly charged. In addition, Intuit must suspend TurboTax’s “free, free, free” ad campaign that lured customers with promises of free tax preparation services, only to deceive them into paying for services. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have signed onto the agreement. New Mexico will receive $883,587.04 for consumers who were deceived into paying to file their federal tax return.</pre></div>
Wed, 04 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Indictment of Another Serial Shoplifter for Multiple Felonies ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Indictment_of_Another_Serial_Shoplifter__Charmaine_Sanchez.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the indictment of another serial shoplifter, Charmaine Sanchez, on multiple charges related to brazen criminal activity that has wreaked havoc in New Mexico’s retail community. The indictment alleges 19 counts, including 12 felonies. If convicted, Sanchez faces over 22 years in prison. </pre></div>
Wed, 04 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS ANNOUNCES ARREST WARRANTS FOR VIOLENT RETAIL CRIME COUPLE ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_ANNOUNCES_ARREST_WARRANTS_FOR_VIOLENT_RETAIL_CRIME_COUPLE.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — Yesterday, the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General’s
Organized Retail Crime Task Force issued arrest warrants for Marvin Alderete and
Ashley Roybal. Alderete and Roybal are wanted in nearly 30 incidents of retail crime
from Los Lunas to Rio Rancho, totaling approximately $20,000 in theft and resulting in
numerous acts of violence or aggravated assault.</pre></div>

Fri, 13 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Warns of New Scams Targeting Wildfire Victims ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Warns_of_New_Scams_Targeting_Wildfire_Victims.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>SANTA FE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a consumer advisory alerting New Mexicans to scams that appear to be targeting survivors of the Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak wildfires. </pre></div>
Tue, 17 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS ANNOUNCES INDICTMENT OF TWO HOME DEPOT SHOPLIFTERS; ONE DETAINED UNTIL TRIAL ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_ANNOUNCES_INDICTMENT_OF_TWO_HOME_DEPOT_SHOPLIFTERS.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announces indictments for organized retail crime (ORC) defendants Michael Arnold and Jayden Wheeler. Beginning in December 2021, Arnold and Wheeler brazenly shoplifted nearly $10,000 in hardware, including chainsaws and drill sets, from an Albuquerque westside Home Depot in four separate incidents. On January 7, 2022, Arnold displayed a can of mace to deter Home Depot personnel from interfering with their theft. Arnold was indicted on 10 counts and Wheeler faces 11 counts including Robbery, Shoplifting, and Conspiracy. </pre></div>
Fri, 20 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS ANNOUNCES $19.2 MILLION MULTISTATE SETTLEMENT WITH FORD MOTOR COMPANY OVER MISLEADING ADVERTISING CLAIMS ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_ANNOUNCES_%2419.2_MILLION_MULTISTATE_SETTLEMENT_WITH_FORD_MOTOR_COMPANY.docx.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced a $19.2 million multistate settlement with Ford Motor Company regarding claims that Ford falsely advertised the real-world fuel economy of model year 2013–2014 C-Max hybrids and the payload capacity of model year 2011–2014 Super Duty pickup trucks. New Mexico will receive more than $250,000 from the settlement.</pre></div>
Tue, 24 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS ANNOUNCES ARREST OF SANDOVAL COUNTY DEPUTY ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_ANNOUNCES_ARREST_OF_SANDOVAL_COUNTY_DEPUTY_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announces Special Agents with the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit conducted multiple search warrants in Sandoval County after receiving CyberTips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The investigation of child sexual exploitation determined the suspect was Sandoval County Sheriff’s Deputy, Robert Jesse Strand. During the execution of the search warrants, images of child sexual abuse were located on Strand’s devices. The images discovered through the investigation depicted children as young as infants.</pre></div>
Wed, 25 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Prison Sentences for Former Restaurant Employees Convicted of Stealing Over $1,000,000 From Roswell Restaurant ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Prison_Sentences_for_Former_Restaurant_Employees.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Balderas announced that a Fifth Judicial District Court judge sentenced Brian Casaus to 10 years of incarceration and Tammy Casaus to one year of incarceration. The defendants, a married couple and former Cattle Baron employees, pled guilty to charges including racketeering, embezzlement, money laundering, and tax fraud. Both defendants will pay restitution to the Cattle Baron and to the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.</pre></div>
Thu, 26 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Issues Consumer Advisory on Increased Cost and Unavailability of Infant Formula ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Consumer_Advisory_on_Increased_Cost_and_Unavailability_of_Infant_Formula.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement and advisory to all New Mexicans in response to reports of rising costs and unavailability of baby formula.</pre></div>
Tue, 31 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Preventative Detention of Violent Organized Retail Shoplifter ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Detention_Serial_Shoplifter.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announces that District Court Judge Alisa Hart granted the Attorney General’s motion to preventatively detain a dangerous serial shoplifter and violent habitual offender, Vanessa Monge. </pre></div>
Thu, 02 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Prison Sentence for Power of Attorney Accused of Financially Exploiting Nursing Home Resident and Defrauding the State Medicaid Program ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Prison_Sentence_for_Power_of_Attorney_Accused_of_Financially_Exploiting_Nursing_Home_Resident.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALAMOGORDO — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Guadalupe Evelyn Kingston, who held power of attorney for a nursing home resident, was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections for the crimes of Exploitation of a Resident’s Property (over $20,000.00), two counts of Forgery (each over $20,000.00), Identity Theft, and Falsification of Documents. As part of her sentence, Ms. Kingston was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $84,094.44 and is prohibited from working with minors or vulnerable adults upon her release from prison.</pre></div>
Mon, 06 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Guilty Plea for Man Who Molested His Minor Sister-in-Law and Possessed Child Pornography ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Guilty_Plea_for_Man_Who_Molested_His_Minor_Sister_in_Law_and_Possessed_Child_Pornography.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announces that Conrado Castro pled guilty today, in the Second Judicial District Court, to Criminal Sexual Penetration (Child 13-18) and Sexual Exploitation of Children (Child Under 13). Castro sexually molested his 13 year old sister-in-law on multiple occasions and was also downloading and collecting child pornography. Sentencing in this matter is to be set in 90 days.</pre></div>
Tue, 07 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces $13.7 Million Settlement with Centene Corporation Over Investigation of PBM Claims; Ongoing Investigation of remaining PBMs in NM in Partnership with Superintendent of Insurance ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_%2413.7_Million_Settlement_with_Centene_Corporation_Over_Investigation_of_PBM_Claims_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a $13.7 million settlement with Centene Corporation regarding the Attorney General’s investigation of the company’s subsidiaries’ pricing and reporting of pharmacy benefits and services provided to the New Mexico Medicaid program which is overseen by the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD).

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Mon, 13 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Announces Indictment of Violent Crime Couple; Detained Until Trial ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Announces_Indictment_of_Violent_Crime_Couple%3B_Detained_Until_Trial.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announces that two Second Judicial District Court judges independently granted the Attorney General’s motion to preventatively detain two dangerous serial shoplifters; Marvin Alderete and Ashley Roybal. Alderete was indicted on June 13 on 31 charges related to shoplifting, conspiracy, and aggravated assaults of store staff and personnel. Alderete faces over 40 years of potential incarceration if convicted at trial. Ashley Roybal faces over 18 years of potential incarceration on multiple felony charges of conspiracy and shoplifting.

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Tue, 14 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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Gov. Lujan Grisham, Attorney General Balderas, Environment Secretary Kenney and Trustee Hart Stebbins Announce Settlement with U.S. in Gold King Mine Litigation ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Settlement_with_U.S._in_Gold_King_Mine_Litigation.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>FARMINGTON — Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, Environment Secretary James Kenney, and Natural Resources Trustee Maggie Hart Stebbins on Thursday announced a $32 million final settlement with the United States and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Gold King Mine litigation.</pre></div>
Fri, 17 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS TO REVIEW FATAL SHOOTING BY CHAVES COUNTY DEPUTIES ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_TO_REVIEW_FATAL_SHOOTING_BY_CHAVES_COUNTY_DEPUTIES.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Fifth Judicial District Attorney Dianna Luce announce that the AG’s office will review the shooting death of David Aguilera. DA Luce sent a letter to AG Balderas on June 15, asking him to take over the case due to a conflict in her office.</pre></div>
Fri, 17 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS ANNOUNCES 12-YEAR SENTENCE FOR VEHICULAR-HOMICIDE CONVICTION THAT KILLED 18-YEAR-OLD ALBUQUERQUE RESIDENT ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_ANNOUNCES_12_YEAR_SENTENCE_FOR_VEHICULAR_HOMICIDE_CONVICTION.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Bernadette Etsitty was sentenced to 12 years for the DWI-based vehicular homicide of Roxana Saenz, the maximum allowed under the plea agreement. Etsitty was convicted by a guilty plea in April 2022.</pre></div>
Tue, 21 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS JOINS $230 MILLION SETTLEMENT AGAINST PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY OVER ALLEGATIONS OF MEDICAID FRAUD ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_JOINS_%24230_MILLION_SETTLEMENT_AGAINST_PHARMACEUTICAL_COMPANY_OVER_ALLEGATIONS_OF_MEDICAID_FRAUD.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announces that New Mexico has joined with 49 other states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the federal government to settle allegations of fraud against Mallinckrodt ARD, LLC (formerly known as Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), a U.S. subsidiary of the Irish pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt plc (Mallinckrodt), which sells and markets pharmaceutical products throughout the nation. The total value of the settlement is $233,707,865.18, plus interest, to be paid over a period of seven years. Of this amount, New Mexico will receive $493,974.38 in restitution.</pre></div>
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS: NEW MEXICO JOINS $1.25 MILLION MULTISTATE SETTLEMENT OVER 2019 CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE DATA BREACH ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/NEW_MEXICO_JOINS_%241.25_MILLION_MULTISTATE_SETTLEMENT_OVER_2019_CARNIVAL_CRUISE_LINE_DATA_BREACH.docx.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE— New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced that New Mexico along with 45 other attorneys general, has obtained a $1.25 million multistate settlement with Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line stemming from a 2019 data breach that involved the personal information of approximately 180,000 Carnival employees and customers nationwide. New Mexico will receive $11,573.98 from the settlement.</pre></div>
Wed, 22 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Secures Guilty Pleas Against ‘Vampire Facial’ Spa Owner Who Performed Unlicensed Medical Procedures on Individuals Who Later Contracted HIV ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Secures_Guilty_Pleas_Against_%E2%80%98Vampire_Facial%E2%80%99_Spa_Owner.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Maria de Lourdes Ramos de Ruiz, a former Albuquerque spa owner who conducted dangerous, unlicensed medical procedures on members of the general public, has pled guilty to five felony counts of practicing medicine without a license. Ramos de Ruiz was indicted by a Bernalillo County grand jury in April 2021 for performing ‘vampire facials’ and other unlicensed medical procedures on at least two individuals who later contracted HIV. Ruiz faces up to 7½ years in prison.</pre></div>
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_Balderas_Issues_Statement_on_Supreme_Court_Decision_to_Overturn_Roe_v._Wade.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE— Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement after the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe V. Wade:



“Today’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade creates medical uncertainty and chaos throughout our nation; and I want to assure New Mexico women and their families that I will continue to fight for their rights to adequate health services that are protected under New Mexico law,” said Attorney General Balderas.</pre></div>

Fri, 24 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS AND AGING & LONG-TERM SERVICES SECRETARY HOTRUM-LOPEZ ANNOUNCE SENIOR SCAM ALERT SYSTEM ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_AND_AGING___LONG_TERM_SERVICES_SECRETARY_HOTRUM_LOPEZ_ANNOUNCE_SENIOR_SCAM_ALERT_SYSTEM_1.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>SANTA FE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Aging & Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez announced a new statewide scam alert system designed to alert New Mexico senior citizens and their loved ones about scams that may be targeting them.</pre></div>
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas, National Coalition of Attorneys General Issue Joint Statement Reaffirming Commitment to Protecting Access to Abortion Care ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas__National_Coalition_of_Attorneys_General_Issue_Joint_Statement_Reaffirming_Commitment_to_Protecting_Access_to_Abortion_Care.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and a national coalition of 22 attorneys general today issued the following joint statement reaffirming their commitment to supporting and expanding access to abortion care. Despite the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, access to safe and legal abortion remains robustly protected in numerous states across the country, including in New Mexico and the coalition states. As highlighted by the multistate coalition’s efforts in the amicus brief led by California in Dobbs, the coalition of attorneys general will continue to fight to support the rights of pregnant people nationwide.</pre></div>
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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Attorney General Balderas Demands Swift Federal Action to Protect Children from Toxic Metals in Baby Foods ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/Attorney_General_Balderas_Demands_Action_to_Protect_Children_from_Toxic_Metals_in_Baby_Foods.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a multistate coalition of 22 attorneys general in calling on the heads of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take swift action to eliminate toxic metals from baby food. In a letter to FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannis, and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, the coalition outlines key strategies for the federal agencies that would allow them to take immediate and widespread action that would drive down the levels of dangerous toxic metals in food for babies and young children. This is the latest action in a series of efforts in response to increasing alarm regarding the health hazards posed by lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury in baby foods, including cereals, purees, and other products for babies and young children, aside from formula.</pre></div>
Tue, 28 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG Balderas Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Limit E.P.A.’s Ability to Restrict Power Plant Emissions ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/_AG_Balderas_Issues_Statement_on_Supreme_Court_Decision_to_Limit_E.P.A.%E2%80%99s_Ability_to_Restrict_Power_Plant_Emissions.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE— Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement after the Supreme Court decision limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from power plants:



“Despite the Supreme Court’s decision, climate change presents a real danger to our communities, and we will continue the work to mitigate harms the energy industry creates to our environment,” said Attorney General Balderas.</pre></div>

Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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AG BALDERAS ANNOUNCES CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR ARMED SERIAL SHOPLIFTER ~/uploads/PressRelease/48737699ae174b30ac51a7eb286e661f/AG_BALDERAS_ANNOUNCES_CRIMINAL_CHARGES__FOR_ARMED_SERIAL_SHOPLIFTER.pdf
<div style=”margin: 0; padding: 0;”><pre>ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the arrest and charging of armed serial shoplifter Darryl Clark. Clark has been implicated in multiple shoplifting incidents over the last few months and is charged with eight counts, including armed robbery, aggravated assault, and shoplifting.</pre></div>
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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