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Santa Fe, NM?Today, Attorney General Balderas issued a safety advisory to all New Mexicans about scams related to the federal economic stimulus package. The federal government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to most New Mexicans, but anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is likely operating a scam....

Santa Fe, NM---Today, Attorney General announced that he will immediately appeal a Court of Appeals ruling that allowed a new trial to Joseph Apodaca, who was convicted of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual penetration and one count of tampering with evidence for a brutal sexual assault, which left the woman who survived with serious medical issues requiring multiple surgeries and causing lasting damage. On appeal, Apodaca argued that he was entitled to argue at trial that he mistook the survivor for having consented to his assault, despite New Mexico law not affording this defense. A two judge majority of the Court of Appeals decided today that Apodaca is entitled to a new trial because the jury was not instructed on his “mistake of fact” defense to establish that he believed the survivor consented to his actions.

Santa Fe, NM - Today, Attorney General Balderas led a coalition of 32 attorneys general, urging Amazon, Facebook, Ebay, Walmart, and Craigslist to more rigorously monitor price gouging practices by online sellers using their services.

Santa Fe, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a consumer safety advisory, warning New Mexican consumers of various scams related to the coronavirus outbreak. This advisory comes in the wake of many reports to the Office of the Attorney General of consumer price gouging and COVID-19 scams emerging in New Mexico. "We must protect the health and safety of New Mexican families during this emergency, and that includes protecting them from fraud and abuse when they are most vulnerable," said Attorney General Balderas. "My office will prosecute anyone who breaks the law and takes advantage of vulnerable New Meixcans."

Santa Fe, NM - While the COVID-19 public health crisis continues, the Trump Administration refuses to confirm that accessing health coverage will not impair lawful immigrants’ ability to stay in the country, asserts a new letter from Attorney General Balderas and 17 other attorneys general. Following an internally contradictory and confusing alert from the Trump Administration purporting to address the controversy, Attorney General Balderas has again joined a coalition of attorneys general in calling on the Trump Administration to delay its “public charge” rule while the COVID-19 outbreak spreads across the nation.

Santa Fe,NM -- Today, Attorney General Balderas issued the following guidance to public entities across the State of New Mexico regarding their ongoing obligations to comply with the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) during the state of emergency in New Mexico. “The health and safety of New Mexican families is the number one priority across our State, but government must remain transparent and accountable, especially during a state of emergency,” said Attorney General Balderas. “All public entities should follow the guidance of public health officials and make any necessary adjustments to ensure compliance with our transparency laws during this time.”

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Attorney General Hector Balderas today issued a consumer advisory warning New Mexico consumers about possible price gouging in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that has recently reached the state. Price gouging is the practice of a seller unreasonably increasing the price of goods or services from its regular and usual price.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Crystal Martellini was sentenced to eighteen years in the Department of Corrections, the maximum amount of time allowed under a plea in which Martellini plead guilty to three counts of sexual exploitation of children by manufacturing, conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children by manufacturing, and voyeurism (victim under 18). The eighteen year sentence was imposed by the Honorable Brett Loveless in the Second Judicial District.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM ---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Second Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Gallegos sentenced Curtis Clayton to five years in the Department of Corrections for possession of child exploitation material, which depicted sexual exploitation of a child under 13. Investigators with the Office of the Attorney General conducted a search warrant of Clayton’s residence where they found over a thousand images of child sexual exploitation.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a Sandoval County grand jury indicted convicted sex offender Rollie Bruvold on four counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor under 13 years old. The crimes allegedly occurred in 1985 while Bruvold was camping with the child in the Jemez area. Earlier this year, the Court of Appeals reduced Bruvold’s 108-year sentence in a 2002 child-sex case to 18 years, which Bruvold has already served.

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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...