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Santa Fe, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement after the dismissal of President Donald Trump’s baseless lawsuit to overturn New Mexico’s valid election: “This dangerous lawsuit was a lost cause from the beginning, but Republican leaders should put safety first and admit their loyalty is to Donald Trump over New Mexico and the United States; and I am still demanding that they step up and admit that the lies they continue to spread resulted in the deaths of civilians and law enforcement in a violent attack on our democracy,” said Attorney General Balderas.

Santa Fe, NM---In the wake of this week’s domestic terrorist attack on the United States Capitol, Attorney General Hector Balderas today called on the Republican Party of New Mexico, Chairperson Steve Pearce, and Representative Yvette Herrell to support the dismissal of President Trump’s frivolous and dangerous lawsuit seeking to overturn New Mexico’s valid election. The party and its chair supported the lawsuit, making public statements that it was working directly with the Trump campaign to overturn New Mexico’s validly held election. Representative Herrell this week voted in Congress to reject the will of voters in Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Santa Fe, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General has secured a guilty plea from Lolita Begay-Yazzie to one count of Fraud in excess of $20,000, a second degree felony, and one count of Failure to Retain Documents, a fourth degree felony for defrauding New Mexico’s Medicaid program of over $400,000. Begay-Yazzie owned and operated a personal care agency in Gallup, New Mexico.

Santa Fe, NM---Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that his office has sued Total Teaching Solutions International, and its CEO Janice Bickert. TTSI and Ms. Bickert have been engaged in recruiting teachers from the Philippines to teach in New Mexico school districts. However, TTSI charged exorbitant and excessive fees for the placement services they offer and in some cases failed to provide. TTSI charges approximately $15,000 for services. Several other companies operating in the State of New Mexico that provide nearly identical services on average charge $4,000 per teacher.

Santa Fe, NM---Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that his office sued Sterigenics U.S., LLC and its related companies for knowingly emitting an air pollutant known as ethylene oxide in excess of permissible limits from its plant in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The lawsuit, filed in the Third Judicial District Court in Las Cruces, alleges that since 1989, as part of the sterilization process in the plant, the companies have emitted, and may still be emitting, high amounts of ethylene oxide, thereby damaging the environment and potentially putting New Mexicans at risk.

Santa Fe, NM -- Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a bipartisan coalition of 38 attorneys general in suing Google LLC for anticompetitive conduct in violation of federal law. The states allege that Google illegally maintains its monopoly power over general search engines and related advertising markets through a series of anticompetitive exclusionary contracts and conduct. As a result, Google has deprived consumers of competition that could lead to greater choice, innovation, and better privacy protections. Furthermore, Google has exploited its market position to accumulate and leverage data to the detriment of consumers.

Santa Fe, NM-- Attorney General Hector Balderas today issued a consumer safety advisory to New Mexican consumers about the increased proliferation of COVID-19 vaccine related scams, as vaccine rollout begins. Pharmaceutical companies and law enforcement entities across the globe are warning of organized criminal elements that are taking advantage of the vaccine rollout. These scammers are defrauding and enticing people into purchasing fake COVID-19 vaccines. In response to these scams, Attorney General Balderas warns New Mexican families to be vigilant in seeking or receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Attorney General Hector Balderas today issued a consumer advisory warning to New Mexico consumers about a widespread telephone scam involving the Social Security Administration and the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. Consumers are reporting that the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is appearing on their caller ID, when they are receiving these scam calls.

Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a bipartisan coalition of 48 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against Facebook, Inc., alleging that the company has and continues to...

ALBUQUERQUE, NM---Today, Attorney General Balderas announced the filing of charges against Leo Martinez and Robbie Proffitt for embezzlement and defrauding of Pareo Farms, a family dairy farm in Valencia County. Martinez and Proffitt were each arrested and charged with five felony counts for stealing approximately $500,000 worth of...

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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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