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Duran Gets 30 Days in Jail

Duran Gets 30 Days in Jail

Duran also must publish six letters of apology throughout the State of New Mexico

A Santa Fe District judge sentenced former Secretary of State Dianna Duran to 30 days in the county jail on her conviction for fraud and embzzlement in the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars of her campaign funds.

It was not immediately clear whether Duran would withdraw her guilty plea in the case, which she had a right to do if jail time was imposed.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, whose office prosecuted Duran, issued the following statement after the sentencing:

“The swift adjudication of this matter rectifies the public harm done by the criminal conduct of Ms. Duran and saved tremendous taxpayer impeachment resources. The Office of the Attorney General thoroughly investigated the case, which resulted in felony convictions and jail time. With this matter coming to a close, this Office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute public corruption in New Mexico.”

Under the judge’s order, Duran, who resigned in disgrace,  official, she must serve jail time, pay back $13,866.80 to individual campaign contributors from whom she embezzled, and pay $14,000 in penalty fines. Duran will receive court-ordered supervision to include GPS monitoring and counseling, as well as complete 2,000 hours of community service and make 144 public appearances to high schools, colleges, and civic groups detailing her life, service, crimes, and the effect the crimes have had on Duran and the people of the State of New Mexico. Duran also must publish six letters of apology throughout the State of New Mexico and write a letter of apology to the nine identified donors and personally deliver the letters, according to the order by Judge Glenn Ellington.

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  • Barbara Conroy
    December 15, 2015, 8:27 am

    ABQ Free Press and Rachel Maddow (12/15) gave better coverage of the Diana Duran issue than Abq Jl, New Mexican, Joe Monahan or NM Political Report.. Obviously it was public. What is that about?

    I really enjoy the Abq Free Press but find access challenging.

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