October 23, 2015 •
New Mexico Secretary of State Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
Dianna Duran resigned as New Mexico’s Secretary of State late Thursday evening, the day before she was due to appear in court on embezzlement and other charges. Duran previously pleaded not guilty to allegations she funneled campaign funds into personal accounts and later used those funds at area casinos.
Her guilty plea, entered this morning, can be withdrawn if the judge decides to impose a prison sentence. The plea agreement requires Duran to pay $14,000 in restitution to campaign donors and to undergo treatment for gambling addiction.
A spokesman for the governor’s office stated Deputy Secretary of State Mary Quintana will serve as acting secretary of state until the governor can make an appointment.
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