Monday, August 24, 2009
Former New Mexico Secretary Of State Indicted For Misuse Of Voter Education Funds
Rebecca Vigil-Giron, 54, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the former New Mexico Secretary of State, was indicted together with three other individuals on charges of fraud, tax fraud and money laundering in connection with the alleged misuse of federal funds for a voter education project. Together with Vigil-Giron, Democratic Party consultant Armando Gutierrez of Corpus Christi, Texas, and lobbyists Elizabeth and Joseph Kupfer of Rio Rancho were indicted on 50 counts each. Under the Help America Vote Act, more than $6 million for a voter education campaign was allotted, but investigators could only find proof that $2.5 million worth of work was done under Vigil-Giron's watch.