NM Secretary of State Facing Several Corruption and Theft Charges

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Thousands in campaign funds are allegedly spent at New Mexico casinos.

That’s just part of the many criminal charges against the New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

It was another day in court for Dianna Duran.

Embezzlement and identity theft, are just some of the criminal complaints filed against Duran.

She’s accused of deposited campaign money into her personal account without reporting it.

The court documents list two cases involving a total of $600 that were issued to Duran for her campaign back in 2014.

According to the documents, she deposited the checks into her personal account and used the money in casinos, And she did this several other times as well in many different counties throughout the state.

Duran pleaded not guilty last month to money laundering and fraud charges, after her request to have those charges dismissed was denied.

On October 8, the judge made a decision to take some more time to look through documents and information in her case, buying Duran some more time.

District Court Judge Glenn Ellington says, “Given the volume of discovery described provided by the state so far, and the 65 count criminal information that has been filed, that there is reason to extend.”

The district court judge decided to push back Duran’s preliminary court date nearly a month to December 1.

The attorney general released a statement saying,  “The office of the attorney general remains focused on preparing for the preliminary hearing.”

Duran was elected to office in 2010.

We reached out to her office for a comment and have not heard back.

Some other charges Duran is facing are filing a false campaign report and tampering with public records.
 

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