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SANTA FE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a consumer advisory alerting New Mexicans to scams that appear to be targeting survivors of the Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak wildfires.

ALBUQUERQUE — Yesterday, the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General’s Organized Retail Crime Task Force issued arrest warrants for Marvin Alderete and Ashley Roybal. Alderete and Roybal are wanted in nearly 30 incidents of retail crime from Los Lunas to Rio Rancho, totaling approximately $20,000 in theft and resulting in numerous acts of violence or aggravated assault.

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Caleb Foucault, an administrator at Piedra Vista High School currently on administrative leave, has been bound over for trial on three felonies -- criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 (a first-degree felony), false imprisonment (a fourth-degree felony), and witness intimidation (a third-degree felony). If convicted of all charges, Foucault faces 18 to 22.5 years in prison.

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas today secured $883,587.04 from the owner of TurboTax, Intuit Inc. (Intuit), for deceiving consumers into paying for tax services that should have been free. As a result of a multistate agreement, Intuit will pay $141 million in restitution to millions of consumers across the nation who were unfairly charged. In addition, Intuit must suspend TurboTax’s “free, free, free” ad campaign that lured customers with promises of free tax preparation services, only to deceive them into paying for services. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have signed onto the agreement. New Mexico will receive $883,587.04 for consumers who were deceived into paying to file their federal tax return.

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the indictment of another serial shoplifter, Charmaine Sanchez, on multiple charges related to brazen criminal activity that has wreaked havoc in New Mexico’s retail community. The indictment alleges 19 counts, including 12 felonies. If convicted, Sanchez faces over 22 years in prison.

SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General is hosting a National Drug Take Back Day location in downtown Santa Fe this Saturday, April 30, 2022. 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 from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday. If you cannot make it to the Office of the Attorney General, you can find a location near you at https://takebackday.dea.gov.

LAS CRUCES — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Cathy Chidester, who operated Drop In Counseling in Las Cruces, was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections and immediately remanded to custody.

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas kicks off the 2022 National Victims’ Rights Week, commemorating victims of crime by dedicating a conference room within his Albuquerque office to survivors of crimes. The conference room was established and decorated to be a safe, secure, and family-friendly place for survivors and victims to use when visiting the Office of the Attorney General. The room is filled with children’s furniture, toys, books, and art supplies and is intended to provide a comfortable, cozy, and warm environment for children and families.

ROSWELL — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Fifth Judicial District Attorney Dianna Luce announce that a jury found Edward Bingham guilty of four counts of child sexual exploitation. The case was prosecuted by the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. Bingham is facing up to 43 years in prison for his actions. Sentencing will occur on August 5, 2022.

Today, a bipartisan coalition of Attorneys General, led by General Hector Balderas (New Mexico), General Lynn Fitch (Mississippi), and General Jeff Landry (Louisiana), wrote GoFundMe to urge better disclosure policies and greater clarity in terms of service for consumers who use their platform.

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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...