Skip to comments.Manny Aragon, three others indicted in kickback scheme (Prominent NM Democrat Politicos)
Posted on 03/29/2007 3:41:56 PM PDT by CedarDave
Four people were indicted Thursday in an alleged kickback scheme thats at the core of the debate over the firing of U.S. Attorney David Iglesias.
Former state Senate President Pro Tem Manny Aragon, Toby Martinez, Raul Parra and Sandra Mata Martinez all face charges.
The U.S. attorneys office in Albuquerque says Marc Schiff, Ken Schultz and Manuel Guara had already entered guilty pleas in the case.
Investigators say the kickbacks were related to the construction of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse in Albuquerque.
Iglesias believes he was fired as the federal prosecutor for New Mexico for resisting pressure from Senator Pete Domenici and Representative Heather Wilson, both New Mexico Republicans, to rush indictments in an alleged Democratic kickback scheme before the November election.
Stay with Eyewitness News 4 and KOBTV.com for complete coverage of this developing story.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Good heavens, we look at the middle east and see what a horrible problem bribes and corruption create and it seems to me that it is on the increase exponentially here.
I'm just too discouraged to think about this right now.
New Mexico was majority Hispanic from statehood until the late 1940s, when Los Alamos brought in the scientists and cheap land brought in the Texans. Has only been majority non-Hispanic since that time, and Hispanics have had a plurality since the late 80s/early 90s.
I can't disagree there.
Is this activity new, or is the revelation of it??
I know of a state where illegal aliens voted, you could buy yourself a position on the police department, and the local political bosses were gang members...
Of course, I am talking of New York in the mid-19th century.
The revelation is the Internet is bringing this up for all to see.
a way of life
I dont keep up with this stuff ...any of these folks in Bill Richardsons administration?
I've been half-paying attention tot he Senate hearings today on the Attorney firings.
This is the first I've seen this story. So is it first time reporting?
Someone will get fired for putting out news that explains Gonzales's actions favorably. /s
They are all "pals" from when Richardson was a Representative to now as Governor.
I haven't lived there (NM) for a few years, but I gather this news is not new. There is a lot of fishy stuff going on there that only gets attention there.
King Bill keeps it that way.
I've been told that dims have controlled the NM legislature for 70 years! Not a typo.
Wouldn't it be lovely if all of this stuff comes out and bites Chuckie in the a$$?
That got a little smile out of me. I have some in my family background who did some things. They thought it should be better. I guess we're still trying.
Absolutely. You must qualify that though. There are many Conservative Dems in SE New Mexico. Zell Miller types.
It won't get out via the MSM.
Well well well .. ain't this just special
If he really was a Republican in the first place .. somehow I doubt it
Well, this puts an entirely different face on the spin about this particular attorney doesn't it?
yes it does
Also makes me wonder what's going on in CA that has Diane Feinstein in a complete melt down about Carol Lam being fired
Feinsteinn is in meltdown over Lam being fired, huh? One would think she'd be humiliated at her recent resignation from a committee because of serious conflict of interest charges.