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Former New Mexico senator to be sentenced in fraud case

The Associated Press
February 16, 2018 07:26 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A former New Mexico state senator will soon learn whether he will spend time behind bars for fraud, bribery and other convictions.

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A sentencing hearing for Democrat Phil Griego is scheduled Friday in Santa Fe.

Prosecutors have requested that Griego spend at least 10 years in prison, serve five years' probation and pay fines for his crimes. The defense argued in court documents filed Thursday that such a punishment would amount to a death sentence for the 69-year-old Griego, who was described as having significant health issues.

Prosecutors accuse Griego of using his elected position and acumen as a real estate broker to guide the sale of a state-owned building through various approvals without properly disclosing his financial interest.

Griego maintains he did nothing wrong in earning a $50,000 commission from buyers of the property.

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