Former New Mexico Secretary of State Indicted

WSJ reports that former New Mexico Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Gordon has been indicted.

Ms. Vigil-Giron, a Democrat who served three four-year terms as secretary of state, is accused of colluding with a political consultant and two Democratic lobbyists — also under indictment — to profit from grants intended to educate voters and boost turnout in the 2004 election.

The indictment alleges that the secretary of state deposited millions of dollars into the personal bank accounts of the political consultant and lobbyists based on fraudulent invoices they submitted. It also says she repeatedly and willfully prepared incorrect tax returns. The indictment doesn’t spell out how Ms. Vigil-Goron is alleged to have benefited financially from the transactions, and Attorney General Gary King declined to explain.

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