ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque City Council candidate has been fined by the Ethics Board for campaign finance fraud.

Last month, KRQE News 13 reported on the allegations against Javier Benavidez, who is running to replace Council Ken Sanchez. The complaint states Benavidez qualified for public financing under false pretenses.

City ordinance requires a candidate to collect $5 from a certain number of voters to qualify, but it turns out Benavidez’s campaign never collected some of that money, and Benavidez put up the cash himself.

The Ethics Board ruled there was enough evidence to prove 19 violations.

Benavidez now has to pay $1,900 — $100 per violation.