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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.

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.”

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.


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...

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.