Former Martinez staffer faces addtional charges

Updated: 11/01/2013 2:02 PM | Created: 10/31/2013 10:27 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A former Gov. Martinez campaign worker accused of hacking into her email account may be in even more trouble than originally thought.

Jamie Estrada already faces 12 federal charges for leaking the governor's personal emails.

Estrada is facing an additional three charges according to a new federal indictment released on Wednesday, and obtained by KOB Eyewitness News 4 on Thursday. Each new count carries a possible five years in prison.

It's a story of political betrayal that reads like a TV drama.   

The staffer who worked for governor Martinez during her campaign, used a fake name and re-routed e-mails from the governor-elect to her enemies.

Federal investigators say Estrada lied even more than they originally thought. They now say he denied knowing a fake e-mail address he created even existed.

That kind of lying to the FBI means three more counts against him, with a possible five years in prison for each count if a judge convicts him.

The governor says Estrada was fired, but his lawyer disputes that claim.

In a statement, the governor's office tells KOB:

"The Governor appreciates the work of the FBI and U.S. Attorney in continuing to aggressively pursue this case, just as they would for any other New Mexican who was victimized like this."

Estrada has maintained his innocence.

It's expected that Estrada will be arraigned on the new charges soon in federal court.

Jamie Estrada already faces 12 federal charges for leaking the governor's personal emails.

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