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New Mexico Secretary Of State Dianna Duran Resigns Amid Fraud Investigation

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 23/10/2015 Paige Lavender

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New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran has resigned from office amid a fraud investigation that alleges she siphoned off thousands of dollars from her election account and withdrew the money at casinos around the state.

Gov. Susana Martinez's spokesman Chris Sanchez said Friday that Duran's resignation was effective immediately.

As secretary of state, the Republican was one of New Mexico's highest-ranking elected officials. She was in her second term.

Duran has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging she misused campaign donations by funneling some $13,000 into personal accounts and filed false campaign finance reports with her own office.

The secretary of state's office is responsible for enforcing New Mexico's elections and campaign finance laws.

State legislators had launched an investigation that could have led to impeachment proceedings.


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