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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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.