Former NM Taxation and Revenue Secretary arraigned on multiple charges
July 13, 2018 06:52 PM
SANTA FE, N.M. - Former New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla did not enter a plea when she was arraigned on multiple charges Friday.
Her attorney explained the reasoning behind the decision.
"This is not a criminal information supported by probable cause. So a plea of any kind is not appropriate," said attorney Paul Kennedy.
Padilla has been charged with criminal solicitation to commit embezzlement, five counts of violating ethical principles of public service, engaging in an official act for personal financial gain, and computer access with intent to defraud or embezzle.
The former secretary resigned in 2016 after accusations of corruption were brought to light.
Attorney General Hector Balderas led the charge, accusing Padilla of "engaging in an official act for personal financial gain" and "embezzlement."
A judge released Padilla on her own recognizance.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for October 29. If the judge finds enough probable cause, the case will be scheduled for trial.
If convicted, Padilla faces nearly 20 years behind bars and may have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
Updated: July 13, 2018 06:52 PM
Created: July 13, 2018 09:18 AM
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