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ALBUQUERQUE, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that charges against Brian and Tammy Casaus will proceed to trial after a probable cause finding by the Chaves County Magistrate Court. The couple is charged with multiple felony crimes stemming from their theft from the Cattle Baron Restaurant in Roswell. The two are charged with 13 felony counts, respectively, including for racketeering, tax fraud, money laundering, and embezzlement.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a Rio Arriba County jury convicted Laura Seeds of five counts of felony voter fraud Thursday in relation to her work on her husband Robert Seeds’ 2016 election campaign for an Española City Council seat. Seeds was found guilty of two counts of false statements, two counts of possessing absentee ballots, and one count of conspiracy to violate the Municipal Election Code.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that an Albuquerque jury convicted James Stewart, Sr. of three counts of human trafficking. Jurors found that between 2015 and 2018, Stewart, Sr. used his three minor children to panhandle around Albuquerque so he could use that money to buy drugs. All three children courageously testified against their father at trial.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the 2002 convictions of Jesse Lawrence Lente were upheld by the New Mexico Supreme Court, after the Office of the Attorney General successfully fought to overturn a district court decision to vacate some of Lente’s convictions. Lente was originally convicted of raping and molesting his step-daughter beginning when she was in the second grade and continuing over a period of years, occuring two to three times a week during that time period.

Albuquerque, NM - This afternoon, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos being held in contempt of court:

Santa Fe, NM – Tomorrow, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his office is hosting a National Drug Take Back Day location in downtown Santa Fe on Saturday, October 26th. New Mexicans can safely dispose of prescription drugs (no questions asked) like opioids, sleep medications and Benzodiazepines in order to keep them out of the hands of our youth and to prevent dangerous addictions. All types of prescription drugs will be accepted for safe disposal by the Office of the Attorney General at New Mexico Office of the Attorney General in Santa Fe from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday. Find a location near you at: https://takebackday.dea.gov/?msclkid=7806ad0c88dd10e6f3e2f0bfa7a0ff4a

Albuquerque, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, with Auditor Brian Colón and Treasurer Tim Eichenberg announced that they will be holding the Dream Bigger Summit on disability rights and issues impacting people with disabilities. Taking place at Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque on Monday, October 28, 2019, the full day summit will focus on creating a more inclusive New Mexico. Presentations will include in-depth discussion from subject matter experts in multiple focus areas, highlighting when people with disabilities are properly informed, supported and protected, they can self-advocate and thrive in an inclusive environment.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that San Juan County Magistrate Court Judge Rena Scott found probable cause to believe Bennie Earl Wabbington committed four first-degree felonies in 2008 and 2009 by sexually penetrating his then-girlfriend’s daughter. The young woman -- still a minor -- courageously testified at the preliminary hearing in Farmington yesterday against the man charged with molesting her when she was a young child.

Albuquerque, NM–In response to the news that Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales' father Henry passed away, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement: “I’m deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales’ father. My thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time.”

Albuquerque, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General, in conjunction with the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's office, secured a three-count conviction of a Pecos man for the rape of his two-year-old daughter. Selito Dos Santos was convicted on two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and one criminal sexual contact of a minor. Dos Santos was sentenced to 36 years in prison for these offenses.

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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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