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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Supreme Court Brief to Require Out-of-State & Online Retailers to Pay State & Local Taxes in New Mexico

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.

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...