Rio Arribacounty commissioner indicted on corruption charges

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A county commissioner is facing corruption charges.

Thursday, the Attorney General’s office announced a grand jury indictment of Commissioner Barney Trujillo of Rio Arriba.

Trujillo is facing charges of unlawful interest in a public contract and failing to properly disclose campaign contributions.

“Corruption is not a victimless crime. It compromises trust, it also steals from vital services, so every dollar not going to an educational program or healthcare program is hurting our community. So, it’s important we attack corruption from top to bottom — it’s a cultural problem,” AG Hector Balderas said. 

Last year, a lawsuit claimed Trujillo was getting campaign contributions in his bid for a state House seat from contractors promised jobs with the schools.

According to the indictment, Trujillo is accused of doing this from 2014 through 2017.

Trujillo is facing four counts and a possible 18 months in prison for each. 

The AG’s office says their investigation into the dealings of Rio Arriba County are ongoing and he would not rule out charges against others. 

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