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ALBUQUERQUE, NM---On September 21, 2021, prosecutors argued that a survivor of human trafficking should receive compensation for the forced labor she endured at the hands of convicted human trafficker Wallace Carson. Judge Britt Baca-Miller of the Second Judicial District Court agreed and ordered a $157,500 restitution award for the survivor to compensate for future medical treatment, lost wages, and other harms suffered as a result of Carson’s criminal activity.

Santa Fe, NM - Today Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a federal lawsuit against Rovio Entertainment, the developer of the massively popular “Angry Birds” mobile gaming franchise. The suit, brought under the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (or “COPPA”) as well as state law, alleges that Rovio knowingly collects personal information from children under the age of 13 that play the Angry Birds games. Rovio then sends that information off to a constellation of third party marketing companies that analyze, repackage, resell and otherwise use the information to sell targeted advertising to those children.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that former Rio Arriba County Commissioner Barney Trujillo was found guilty after trial for violating New Mexico’s procurement code. A Santa Fe District Court Judge found that Trujillo failed to disclose in-kind campaign contributions he made to an Española Public School Board member’s campaign as required by a professional services agreement he subsequently entered into with that same board.

Santa Fe, NM—Attorney General Balderas oday joined a bipartisan coalition of 30 attorneys general to urge the U.S. Senate to approve former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s nomination as U.S. ambassador to Mexico. In the letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Ranking Member James Risch, R-Idaho, the attorneys general say our country is at a significant juncture in U.S.-Mexico relations, and that Salazar is a seasoned statesman well equipped to meet the challenges of serving as the ambassador to Mexico.

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas wishes all New Mexicans a happy and safe Fourth of July. He also advises everyone to follow fire and fireworks restrictions, and expressly warns against the discharge of any firearms during celebrations.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Jerrell G. Bundy was sentenced to the New Mexico Department of Corrections for Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material (“CSAM”). Bundy will serve three years in prison followed by five years on supervised probation, one year of parole, and will be required to register as a sex offender.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Jordan Padilla was convicted on 25 felony counts, including charges of criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 years of age, solicitation to commit criminal sexual penetration of a minor under 13 years of age, criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 years of age, false imprisonment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sexual exploitation of children by recording, manufacturing, and possession.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM---Today, Attorney General Balderas announced that jurors in the Thirteenth Judicial District found former Taxation and Revenue Department Cabinet Secretary Demesia Padilla guilty of two felony counts. Jurors found beyond a reasonable doubt that Padilla stole over $25,000 from Harold’s Grading and Trucking, a Bernalillo business, while she was also acting as cabinet secretary. Padilla acquired this money by surreptiotusly linking her personal credit card to the business’ checking account.

SANTA FE, NM–Attorney General Hector Balderas filed suit today against a number of baby-food makers and major retail chains, alleging that they market and sell products in the State that are tainted with dangerous levels of arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium. Filed in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe, the Attorney General’s complaint asserts that defendants including Beech-Nut, Nurture, Hain Celestial, WalMart, and Kroger have violated consumer protection laws by promoting and selling certain contaminated products as safe and appropriate for babies, infants, and young children, “precisely the population most vulnerable to the serious adverse neurodevelopmental effects and other adverse health effects known to be associated with exposure to or consumption of” toxic chemicals and heavy metals.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that additional charges of child exploitation have been filed against Jordan Padilla. Padilla had previously been charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 years of age, false imprisonment, and sexual exploitation of children among other charges. After successfully detaining Mr. Padilla, the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General continued investigating for other potential crimes of sexual exploitation of children.

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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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