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Secretary Of State Accused Of Embezzlement, Money Laundering

Robert Smith
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New Mexico's Democratic attorney general has filed a complaint in state district court, accusing Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran of embezzlement, money laundering and other campaign-finance violations.

Attorney General Hector Balderas' office filed the 64-count complaint in Santa Fe late Friday afternoon.

According to the document, the attorney general's investigators say they uncovered behavior that included the transferring of large amounts of cash from Duran's personal and campaign accounts as well as cash expenditures at casinos throughout the state.

Duran did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

This marks the latest in an ongoing feud between Balderas and Duran over the reporting and enforcement of the state's campaign finance laws.

In February, the two announced a joint task force to study the issue, but months later Duran accused Balderas of submitting three late campaign finance reports.

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