ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A crook tied to a big New Mexico scandal now owes the state a lot of money, but it will be a long time before he can start paying it off.
A federal judge Monday sentenced Armando Gutierrez to 10 years in prison and ordered him to repay the state $2.5 million.
Gutierrez was convicted of stealing that much money from a campaign to get people out to vote in the mid-part of the last decade.
Gutierrez over-billed the state for an ad campaign he produced.
The money was doled out by then-Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron's office. She was also charged in state court.
Her case was dismissed last year after a judge said there had been too many delays.
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