Dec 8, 2022
LAS VEGAS– Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a state lawsuit against the Alta Vista Regional Medical Center in Las Vegas, New Mexico (“Alta Vista”) and its owner Quorum Health Resources. The suit brought under the New Mexico Unfair Practices Act, as well as other state laws, alleges that Alta Vista has routinely advertised services which it could not perform, or which it could only perform in a substandard manner including, but not limited to: OB/GYN services, Pediatric Services, Surgical Services, ER services, Respiratory Therapy Services, Post-Operative Care, and various other medical testing services. Rather than ensure that it has a fully staffed team of care providers and management, as well as proper advertising, Alta Vista has purportedly mismanaged funding and resources to the detriment of the community it is meant to serve.
AG Balderas Announces Four Year Prison Sentence for Albuquerque Man Convicted of Possession and Distribution of Child Sexual Abuse Material
Dec 8, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that James Lucher will serve a four year prison sentence after pleading guilty to the possession and distribution of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Lucher will be required to register as a sex offender for life, will serve a five year period of probation after his incarceration, and will serve a two year period of parole.
Dec 8, 2022
RESERVE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announces the filing of an Information alleging ten felony counts against former Catron County Sheriff, Ian Fletcher, related to misusing federal funds in the aftermath of the Buzzard Fire in May of 2018. Catron County entered into a cooperative law enforcement agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the United States Forest Service (USFS), to provide law enforcement assistance during this fire. Fletcher is alleged to have embezzled USFS funds intended to reimburse the county for this assistance and alleged to have laundered the money through unauthorized bank accounts.
Attorney General Balderas Requests U.S. DHS Secretary to Intervene for New Mexico Citizens and Communities Recovering from Wildfire Disaster
Dec 8, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting assistance for New Mexico families struggling to access disaster relief funding in their efforts to recover from the Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak wildfire disaster, and stressed the need for flexible, localized regulation in the post-disaster recovery effort.
AG Balderas and Twelfth DA Key Announce Life Sentence for Ruidoso Man Who Killed Two-Year-Old Toddler
Dec 5, 2022
ALAMOGORDO— Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Twelfth Judicial District Attorney Scot Key announced that Ricardo Soto was sentenced to life imprisonment for the crime of killing a two-year-old toddler. Soto was convicted of Intentional Child Abuse Resulting in Death of a two-year-old toddler, Jeremiah Nevarez, following a three-week-long trial. The jury heard evidence that Soto, after inflicting the injuries which would eventually kill baby Jeremiah, fled to Mexico before his arrest at the border. Soto will not be eligible for parole until he has served a minimum of 25 years in prison. This case was prosecuted by the Twelfth Judicial District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Office of the NM Attorney General.
Dec 1, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE— Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that two missing Indigenous persons were found safe in Albuquerque.
AG BALDERAS ANNOUNCES CONVICTION OF FORMER RIO ARRIBA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY WHO DEPLOYED TASER ON ESPANOLA SPECIAL-NEEDS STUDENT
Dec 1, 2022
TIERRA AMARILLA— Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that former Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Barnes pled guilty to one felony count of false imprisonment. As part of the plea agreement, Barnes must relinquish any law-enforcement certification and is not eligible to seek, obtain, or have employment in any law-enforcement position for the rest of his life. Sentencing has been set for January 5, 2022 where Barnes faces up to 18 months in prison.
ATTORNEY GENERAL BALDERAS ANNOUNCES $58.5 MILLION OPIOID SETTLEMENT WITH SMITH’S FOOD & DRUG PARENT, THE KROGER CO.
Dec 1, 2022
SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his office has resolved the opioid litigation against grocery and retail pharmacy giant Kroger Co., in a deal that will deliver nearly $60 million to the State and to local communities to fund opioid abatement efforts within the next 90 days.
Nov 29, 2022
SANTA FE—Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he is filing a lawsuit against Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and other tobacco companies for, among other claims, breach of contract, defrauding New Mexico taxpayers, and conspiracy. The complaint, filed in the First Judicial District Court, alleges that the tobacco companies have withheld a portion of their annual payments to New Mexico in bad faith and in breach of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA).
AG BALDERAS AND FIFTH JUDICIAL DA LUCE ANNOUNCE FIRST-DEGREE MURDER CONVICTION AND SENTENCING OF CASTULO MICHAEL ARAGON
Nov 18, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE— Today, New Mexco Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Castulo Michael Aragon was convicted by a jury for the first-degree murder of his wife, Maria Elena Aragon, as well as three counts of tampering with evidence in connection with her murder. Judge Jared Kallunki sentenced Aragon to life in prison plus nine years. Aragon will serve nine years in prison for the tampering charges, and then he must serve a minimum of 30 years before he is eligible for parole. In sentencing Aragon to the maximum sentence allowed by law, Judge Kallunki described the crime as a “painful, dehumanizing, and brutal” murder of an “angel”.