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Jury convicts New Mexico state senator in corruption trial


A former New Mexico state senator was convicted Thursday of fraud ... Prosecutors accused Phil Griego of using his elected position and acumen as a real estate broker to guide the sale of the building in downtown Santa Fe through approvals by a state ...


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Former New Mexico state SenPhil Griego testifies at his own trial on corruption charges on Tuesday, Nov14, 2017, in Santa Fe, N.MGriego, a Democrat, is accused of using his former position as a lawmaker to profit from the sale of a state-owned building in downtown Santa Fe without proper disclosureHe denies any wrongdoing Morgan Lee AP Photo Former New Mexico state SenPhil Griego testifies at his own trial on corruption charges on Tuesday, Nov14, 2017, in Santa Fe, N.MGriego, a Democrat, is accused of using his former position as a lawmaker to profit from the sale of a state-owned building in downtown Santa Fe without proper disclosureHe denies any wrongdoing Morgan Lee AP Photo setLeadImageSize(); $(window).resize(function() { var clientWidth = Math.max(document.documentElement.clientWidth, window.innerWidth || 0); if (clientWidth > 767) { $('.lead-item').find('.caption').hide(); $('.lead-item .lead-caption').show(); } else { $('.lead-item .lead-caption').hide(); } setLeadImageSize(); }); $('.lead-item img').click(function(){ var elemWidth = Math.max(document.documentElement.clientWidth, window.innerWidth || 0); if(elemWidth = scrollEndPos || windowCurrentPos Sentencing is expected with 90 days. Prosecutors said Griego helped spread misinformation in the Legislature to encourage the building's sale by asserting that maintenance costs outweighed rental income, when lease documents assigned the cost of maintenance to those renting the property. Griego acknowledged persuading a House colleague to introduce legislation authorizing the property sale without mentioning communications with the prospective buyerProsecutors said that and other legislative maneuvers served to disguise Griego's involvement. The building in question was located outside the rural Senate district that Griego represented for 18 years in the nation's only unsalaried legislature. State Attorney General Hector Balderas, a Democrat who Griego referred to in court testimony as "a friend," assigned a team of four prosecutors to the case. "Public officials are elected to do the work of the people, not to enrich themselves," Balderas said in a statement Thursday. Griego's case is the latest in a string of high-profile corruption scandals involving public officials in New Mexico. Republican Dianna Duran resigned as secretary of state in 2015 amid revelations she used campaign funds to fuel a gambling addictionThat led to her conviction on felony counts of embezzlement and money laundering. In a separate case, Griego has been charged by a grand jury with multiple counts of perjury and embezzlement related to campaign finance reports that prosecutors say were falsified. 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