Federal charges against 2 in NM voter project

From KOB-TV.com - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales says a Texas-based political consultant and a former New Mexico lobbyist have been indicted for allegedly stealing federal election money by overbilling for services in a voter education project administered by former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron. The grand jury indictments were announced Thursday against Armando Gutierrez of Corpus Christi, Texas and Joseph Kupfer of Rio Rancho. The three defendants and Vigil-Giron have pleaded not guilty to state charges brought in 2009 in connection with the voter education campaign. Gutierrez was hired by Vigil-Giron. He received more than $6 million in federal election money from 2004 to 2006, but the indictment alleges he defrauded the government by charging $2.5 million for work never performed. Read more


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