LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s attorney general has charged the mayor of a troubled city with six felony bribery and abuse of power counts after prosecutors said she steered contracts to a construction firm owned by a man they allege she was romantically involved with.
The Las Vegas Optic reported Tuesday that Las Vegas, New Mexico, Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron was charged.
The charges come after the attorney general’s office last summer raided City Hall, Gurule-Giron’s home and the home of Marvin Salazar, who prosecutors say is the mayor’s boyfriend.
Gurule-Giron’s listed attorney, Ben Andrew Mondragon, did not return phone or email messages left by The Associated Press on Wednesday.
In a 2018 interview with the State Auditor’s Office, Gurule-Giron said she did not have a romantic relationship with Salazar and denied having a role in his receiving government contracts, The Alburquerque Journal reported in June.
Gurule-Giron is charged with engaging in official acts for personal financial interest; requesting or receiving something of value while in public service; soliciting or receiving an illegal kickback; conspiracy related to a false public voucher; unlawful interest in a public contract; and demanding or receiving a bribe.
The mayor is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 6.
Salazar was also charged Monday with offering or paying an illegal kickback and making or permitting a false public voucher, according to the newspaper.
It was not immediately clear if…