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Albuquerque, NM – Today, the New Mexico Supreme Court upheld murder convictions in two separate cases argued on appeal by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. Albert Tegeda, III and Arnoldo Navarette are both convicted of first degree murder, and will remain in state custody.

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement officials and charity regulators from every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico in announcing “Operation Donate with Honor,” a sweeping new donor education campaign to help donors spot and avoid fundraising solicitations that falsely promise their donations will help veterans and service members. The new campaign is being released in conjunction with announcements of new and recent law enforcement actions by the FTC and many states.

Albuquerque, NM — Joining a coalition of 15 Attorneys General, AG Balderas today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over an order issued on former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s final day in office. The order effectively suspends the EPA’s 2016 Glider Rule for a year.

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his office’s plan to fight for the rights of the Land Grant, Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla. In 2003, an unlawful transfer of title of property belonging to Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla was made to Al Frente de Lucha, a Colorado corporation.

Albuquerque, NM - Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas put a dangerous convicted sex offender back behind bars. James Richard Coca was on supervised probation for possession of child pornography, and was arrested in May for a DWI offense, violating the conditions of his probation. The Court today unsatisfactorily discharged Defendant from probation, sentencing him to 270 days in the Department of Corrections, followed by a one-year period of parole.

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas cautioned New Mexico consumers not to submit their banking information over the internet—unless consumers have initiated contact with the bank. The advisory came after the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General received several reports of scammers receiving banking account numbers through ‘phishing’ for information on a banking website.

Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas offered the following statement, in response to resignation of Scott Pruitt as chief of the Environmental Protection Administration: "This is a resignation that should have happened long ago. Scott Pruitt has shown no regard for the rule of law during his tenure as EPA chief. My office has joined several lawsuits against the EPA since Pruitt took over for failing to protect the best interests of New Mexican schoolchildren and putting industry interests before the health, safety, and welfare of New Mexican families.”

Albuquerque, NM – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas signified his strong support for the rights of transgender Americans to serve in the U.S. Military, by joining more than a dozen attorneys general from around the nation in filing a brief opposing President Trump’s stated plan to re-institute an unconstitutional ban on open service in the military by transgender Americans.

Doña Ana County, NM - Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives say a wanted 49-year-old violent convicted sex offender is in custody – thanks to the observant eyes of a fellow law-enforcement officer.

Sunland Park, NM – Yesterday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas urged the federal government to focus its efforts at the Mexican/American border on violent international criminal organizations, instead of on caging children and families in cold jail cells. Balderas met with law enforcement leaders from southern New Mexico and Chihuahua, Mexico to discuss ongoing efforts to battle international crime and keep it from flowing into New Mexico. While touring 12 miles of the international border in Sunland Park, Balderas discussed with local law enforcement how Sunland Park, one of the safest cities in the entire borderland, is a national model for how to keep out dangerous, violent criminals. Also Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined attorneys general from around the nation in filing a motion that demands changes in the Trump Administration’s unfair and un-American prosecution of vulnerable children and families at the United States’ southern border.


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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...