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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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...

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