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ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the conviction of Davina Quintana on eleven different counts of shoplifting, crimes Quintana committed in both Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. As a result of yesterday’s guilty pleas, Quintana faces up to 12 years in prison. Sentencing will be set after Quintana completes a sentencing evaluation.

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced that New Mexico is joining a 50-State Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force to investigate and take legal action against the telecommunications companies responsible for bringing a majority of foreign robocalls into the United States. This bipartisan nationwide Task Force has one goal: to cut down on illegal robocalls.

ALBUQUERQUE —Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 8 state and territorial Attorneys General in a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan encouraging the EPA to consider establishing National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for greenhouse gases to address the climate crisis. The letter follows in the wake of West Virginia v. EPA, the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. If the EPA were to adopt NAAQS for greenhouse gases, all 50 states would be required to develop a comprehensive climate action plan specifically designed for their state.

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a jury found Pablo Griego guilty of 30 counts related to child sexual abuse material. Following a week-long trial, Griego was found guilty of all charges by a Bernalillo County jury and will be sentenced at a later date. Griego also has a prior criminal sexual penetration of a minor allegation from 2006.

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General’s Organized Retail Crime Task Force has issued an arrest warrant for Alejandro Lujan-House. Lujan-House was released from MDC on July 25, 2022 after taking a plea to shoplifting charges, but he was arrested again the very next day after two more incidents of theft at the same Walgreens store. Lujan-House is being charged with seven felonies.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement regarding the passing of BCSO first responders in the helicopter crash: “I am heartbroken to hear of the helicopter crash that tragically took the lives of Bernalillo county first responders who were bravely assisting with the East Mesa fire. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families during this very difficult time.”

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the New Mexico Supreme Court issued an opinion in State v. Oliver Tsosie, which will allow the admission at trial of most of the now-deceased sexual assault victim’s statements to a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE).

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the AG’s office will review the actions of law enforcement that led to the death of Brett Rosenau on July 6. AG Balderas previously responded to the ACLU’s request that he would offer assistance and ensure that appropriate actions were taken during the law enforcement operation. On July 12, Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina sent a letter to AG Balderas, formally asking him to review “the recent critical incident”.

ALBUQUERQUE— New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announces another successful case resolution as James Lucher accepted a plea agreement on July 7. Lucher was charged with one count of distribution of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) and one count of possession of CSAM in 2019. On the day his trial was to commence, Lucher pled guilty to both counts and faces a maximum of 21 years at sentencing, which will be held at a later date.

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the arrest and charging of armed serial shoplifter Darryl Clark. Clark has been implicated in multiple shoplifting incidents over the last few months and is charged with eight counts, including armed robbery, aggravated assault, and shoplifting.

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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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