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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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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...