Former NM Tax and Revenue Secretary Still Faces Embezzlement Case

THE CASE AGAINST FORMER TAX AND REV SECRETARY DEMESIA PADILLA SEEMS TO BE MOVING FORWARD. THAT’S SINCE A JUDGE DECIDED TO REJECT HER LAWYER’S ARGUMENT THAT PADILLA’S CASE SHOULD BE DISMISSED BECAUSE IT WAS FILED AFTER THE SIX-YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS HAD PASSED. HER ATTORNEY IS PAUL KENNEDY, WHO ARGUED THE CHARGES WERE FILED MORE THAN SIX YEARS AFTER THEY ALLEGEDLY OCCURRED. PROSECUTORS SET IN MOTION THEIR ORIGINAL CASE AGAINST PADILLA IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR.

PADILLA SERVED UNDER FORMER GOVERNOR SUSANA MARTINEZ. SHE’S ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING MORE THAN 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM HAROLD’S GRADING AND TRUCKING, BASED IN THE SANDOVAL COUNTY. SHE ALSO FACES A COUNT OF ENGAGING IN AN OFFICIAL ACT FOR PERSONAL FINANCIAL GAIN.

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