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Manny Aragon, three others indicted in kickback scheme (Prominent NM Democrat Politicos)
Albuquerque KOB-TV Channel 4 ^ | March 29, 2007 | Todd Dukart

Posted on 03/29/2007 3:41:56 PM PDT by CedarDave

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The story says it all -- more Democratic corruption in NM. If Iglesias was doing his job, he wouldn't be out looking for a new one now.
1 posted on 03/29/2007 3:41:57 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

Ken Schultz!

Ken Schultz Buick-GMC?

LOL!!!


2 posted on 03/29/2007 3:44:14 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: CedarDave; PhilDragoo; DesertDreamer; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Kuksool; AntiGuv; ...

New Mexico has a serious culture of corruption, and it always seems to be from one particular party.


3 posted on 03/29/2007 3:44:17 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If the GOP were to stop worshiping Free Trade as if it were a religion, they'd win every election)
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To: CedarDave

Manny Aragon finally got caught. Good news.


4 posted on 03/29/2007 3:45:14 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Rogle
From the Channel 13 webpage:

Feds indict Aragón, others
Source: KRQE News 13

ALBUQUERQUE -- Former Senate President Manny Aragón and former Albuquerque Mayor Ken Shultz are among seven people indicted for alleged corruption in the construction of the Metro Court building in Albuquerque.

Aragón was one of four people indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday while Shultz and two other people have already pleaded guilty to crimes in the design and construction of the courthouse.

The U.S. Attorney's office said state taxpayers lost more than $4 million in the design and construction of the project thanks to the alleged wrongdoing of Aragón, Metro Court Administrator Toby Martinez. Martinez’s wife, Sandra Mara Martinez, and engineering firm partner Raul Parra.

The have all been indicted on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, those four people schemed with others to defraud the state during the building of downtown's metro courthouse through kickbacks and padded contracts.

Federal prosecutors have already reached plea agreements with a subcontractor named Manuel Guara, project architect Mark Schiff and Schultz who worked as a lobbyist for one of the project contractors.

The corruption case is already sparking strong reaction from state leaders in Santa Fe especially in regard to the indictment of Democrat political strongman Aragón.

“I'm really sad,” Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, said. “This is a bad day for the New Mexico Legislature that somebody who led us for 20 years is having these kinds of problems.

“We hope that everything is done according to the law and that these indictments are not politically influenced.”

The FBI forwarded the high-profile and publicly known case to the U.S. Attorney's office last October.

Former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias recently testified before Congress that he refused to rush the indictments despite alleged political pressure from Republican Sen. Pete Domenici, and his House colleague, Rep. Heather Wilson. Both Domenici and Wilson admitted calling Iglesias to inquire about the case in the weeks before the November election, but both have denied doing so to pressure Iglesias.

Schiff, Schultz, and Guara all entered their plea agreements earlier this year.

The three men will be sentenced sometime in the future.


5 posted on 03/29/2007 3:45:30 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

He knew about this for months and months before the election. He was hired to clean up the corruption in NM politics and he failed to do it in anywhere near a timelt matter. He could have indicted these folks a year ago. He deserved what he got.


6 posted on 03/29/2007 3:45:35 PM PDT by milwguy
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To: CedarDave

I just wish that the state of New Mexico would change its name to something else. Something more "American." I really dislike the name and I don't even live there.


7 posted on 03/29/2007 3:45:48 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: CedarDave

It's about time!


8 posted on 03/29/2007 3:46:16 PM PDT by DesertDreamer ("I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: CedarDave

I wonder if Iglesias will join Aragon's defense team. . .


9 posted on 03/29/2007 3:47:38 PM PDT by DesertDreamer ("I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: CedarDave

These are DEMOCRATS! Therefore, there CANNOT be any corruption! Nothing to see here. Move along. All is well. Harry and Nancy told us so. < sarcasm off >.


10 posted on 03/29/2007 3:47:48 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: milwguy

This is true, but doesn't mean squat to the Defeatocrats who want to smear Bush and anyone conneceted to him.


11 posted on 03/29/2007 3:48:31 PM PDT by Pistolshot (Being a successful mayor of a cesspool doesn't change the fact it is still a cesspool.)
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To: StormEye

It is appropriate however as you can see we are a third world country.


12 posted on 03/29/2007 3:49:49 PM PDT by Rogle
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To: StormEye
I just wish that the state of New Mexico would change its name to something else. Something more "American." I really dislike the name and I don't even live there.

The license plates do say "New Mexico USA", just so there's no confusion.

Maybe the whole state will be named after Bill Richardson, like Byrd in WV writ large.

13 posted on 03/29/2007 3:57:23 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: greyfoxx39

Did you get pinged on this?


14 posted on 03/29/2007 3:57:33 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave
Dianne Feinstein should not be left out of the mix of profiteers - think Henry Waxman will investigate any of these Democrats? Not a chance...................
15 posted on 03/29/2007 3:57:41 PM PDT by yoe ( "Deliver us from evil......nay, deliver us from stupidity is more like it.)
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To: StormEye

New Mexico is mostly Hispanic and has been forever....a heaven for Gringos with money and artists.


16 posted on 03/29/2007 4:00:05 PM PDT by yoe ( "Deliver us from evil......nay, deliver us from stupidity is more like it.)
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To: CedarDave

I thought Aragon was King of Gondor.....man, this has been a long day.......


17 posted on 03/29/2007 4:08:22 PM PDT by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: CedarDave; Clintonfatigued

Didn't get a ping, thanks for thinking of me. Clintfatigued, would you add me to your NM ping list please?


18 posted on 03/29/2007 4:09:54 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Waiting impatiently for a conservative party to rise from the ashes of the wimpy republican party.)
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To: CedarDave
The Cisco kid “We hope that everything is done according to the law and that these indictments are not politically influenced.”

I love it!!! Iglesias gets canned for NOT doing his job, and the mealy-mouthed dems "Hope there is not political influence."...sometimes I feel like Alice down the rabbit hole!

19 posted on 03/29/2007 4:12:27 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Waiting impatiently for a conservative party to rise from the ashes of the wimpy republican party.)
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To: CedarDave
Link to the Channel 13 page:
http://www.krqe.com/expanded.asp?ID=20629

Discussion of the indictments by Channel 13 reporter and political analyst:
mms://216.139.229.126/3-29-07monahan.wmv

20 posted on 03/29/2007 4:20:11 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: StormEye

New Mexico was named as a geographical balance for "New England".


21 posted on 03/29/2007 4:20:14 PM PDT by alloysteel (If you cannot bring yourself to condemn someone, at least make the praise as faint as possible.)
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To: greyfoxx39

Listen to the KRQE discussion in post #20. There may be more indictments coming for the Federal courthouse construction.


22 posted on 03/29/2007 4:22:10 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: Clintonfatigued; CedarDave; Kuksool; AuH2ORepublican; JohnnyZ

Reminds me of my State Senate where nearly 1/3rd of the rodent members of the past 2-3 years are either under indictment, currently on trial, or in prison. I'd think if you were a U.S. Attorney in NM, you'd literally be in hog heaven having to decide which corrupt rodent to go after, it's like a termite invasion. Iglesias is trying to cover his ass with regards to his incompetence.


23 posted on 03/29/2007 4:25:12 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: yoe
New Mexico is mostly Hispanic and has been forever....a heaven for Gringos with money and artists.

Oh, I don't know about that--I'm not Hispanic, I don't have money, and I'm not an artist, but having spent a great deal of my youth there (Farmington HS, anyone?) I still regard it as a little slice of heaven.
24 posted on 03/29/2007 4:25:14 PM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: CedarDave

I just listened to the KRQE discussion...very interesting.


25 posted on 03/29/2007 4:26:30 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Waiting impatiently for a conservative party to rise from the ashes of the wimpy republican party.)
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To: OCCASparky

Farmington to New Hampshire? What a change.


26 posted on 03/29/2007 4:28:26 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Waiting impatiently for a conservative party to rise from the ashes of the wimpy republican party.)
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To: CedarDave

Best news here in New Mexico I've heard all day! It's about time Manny Aragon got knocked off his high horse and come back to reality...same with Iglesias...


27 posted on 03/29/2007 4:28:52 PM PDT by Santa Fe_Conservative
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To: CedarDave

RAT corruption in our state!?! Who would have thought?


28 posted on 03/29/2007 4:29:43 PM PDT by wjcsux (There is no end to the good, that do-gooders will do, with other people's money.)
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To: milwguy
Worth repeating:

He [Iglesias] knew about this for months and months before the election. He was hired to clean up the corruption in NM politics and he failed to do it in anywhere near a timelt matter. He could have indicted these folks a year ago. He deserved what he got.

29 posted on 03/29/2007 4:29:46 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative
Best news here in New Mexico I've heard all day! It's about time Manny Aragon got knocked off his high horse and come back to reality...same with Iglesias...

Watch for Iglesias to jump onto all the cable channels and claim credit for the investigation! And the DBM will eat it up!

30 posted on 03/29/2007 4:31:02 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Waiting impatiently for a conservative party to rise from the ashes of the wimpy republican party.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
New Fed Prosecutor of Attorney?

Hmmm!

31 posted on 03/29/2007 4:33:26 PM PDT by colonialhk (Power and Money,the new mantra of the left!)
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To: yoe

It was 42% Hispanic in the 2000 Census, although that will probably creep up a bit by 2010.


32 posted on 03/29/2007 4:37:25 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (http://auh2orepublican.blogspot.com/)
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To: CedarDave
Oh brother! I can remember growing up as a kid with my dad and grandfather being involved in politics. The one thing they both agreed on was that politics in NM has been corrupt since the beginning of time. From the way it looks, it's going to be corrupt to the end of time too.

Aragon is not really a surprise, but Schults too? All the folks who bought cars from his dealership should go back and read the fine print on their contract. LOL

33 posted on 03/29/2007 4:39:18 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (Duncan Hunter for President '08 - A genuine "Reagan Republican" for America!)
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To: CedarDave; All
The Albuquerque Journal online has a link to several sites that include the indictments and press releases at:

Punch Here

34 posted on 03/29/2007 4:40:07 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Waiting impatiently for a conservative party to rise from the ashes of the wimpy republican party.)
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Watch for Iglesias to jump onto all the cable channels and claim credit for the investigation! And the DBM will eat it up!

I'll bet you are right on the mark with that comment. He'll say something like that's what he was working on but it wasn't ready yet for taking to the grand jury. And to think there was talk that Iglesias was going to be a future Republican candidate. I bet he changes to a Democrat and goes to work on King Bill's campaign.

35 posted on 03/29/2007 4:43:34 PM PDT by CedarDave
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He doesn't need to change parties....the press will salivate to have a Republican with that high profile working for King Bill!
36 posted on 03/29/2007 4:45:46 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Waiting impatiently for a conservative party to rise from the ashes of the wimpy republican party.)
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To: CedarDave; Txsleuth; Bahbah; Mo1

Another piece of the puzzle...


37 posted on 03/29/2007 4:49:50 PM PDT by pinz-n-needlez (Dogwood Blossoms trickle down like Snow, bringing hope of Renewal, Redemption and Resurrection)
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To: StormEye

It's a wonderful place, and the name fits it. We lived there two years and loved almost every minute of it. I just wish the place wasn't so corrupt. Then again, I can't think of an uncorrupt place . . .


38 posted on 03/29/2007 4:53:55 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: CedarDave

New Mexico: New Jersey with dry weather and a crappy economy.


39 posted on 03/29/2007 4:56:01 PM PDT by Clemenza (NO to Rudy in 2008! New York's Values are NOT America's Values! RUN FRED RUN!)
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To: CedarDave

I agree that Iglesias will be all over the DBM about this, but I think that instead of trying to take credit for it, he'll try to cut the legs out from under it by saying he knew it was solely a political prosecution, that he saw no evidence of any wrongdoing by these saintly democrat public servants, and that his refusal to play along and try to imprison innocent men was the reason he was fired.


40 posted on 03/29/2007 4:58:00 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC (Go Gators! NCAA Football and Basketball Champions!)
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To: pinz-n-needlez

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.


41 posted on 03/29/2007 5:00:51 PM PDT by Bahbah (Regev, Goldwasser & Shalit, we are praying for you.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; yoe

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.


42 posted on 03/29/2007 5:01:06 PM PDT by Clemenza (NO to Rudy in 2008! New York's Values are NOT America's Values! RUN FRED RUN!)
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To: Bahbah

I can't disagree there.

Is this activity new, or is the revelation of it??


43 posted on 03/29/2007 5:02:28 PM PDT by pinz-n-needlez (Dogwood Blossoms trickle down like Snow, bringing hope of Renewal, Redemption and Resurrection)
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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 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.

44 posted on 03/29/2007 5:03:41 PM PDT by Clemenza (NO to Rudy in 2008! New York's Values are NOT America's Values! RUN FRED RUN!)
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To: pinz-n-needlez
In New Mexico it is not new.

The revelation is the Internet is bringing this up for all to see.

45 posted on 03/29/2007 5:05:19 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: CedarDave

a way of life


46 posted on 03/29/2007 5:08:36 PM PDT by woofie
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To: CedarDave

I dont keep up with this stuff ...any of these folks in Bill Richardsons administration?


47 posted on 03/29/2007 5:10:11 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Jet Jaguar

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


48 posted on 03/29/2007 5:12:32 PM PDT by pinz-n-needlez (Dogwood Blossoms trickle down like Snow, bringing hope of Renewal, Redemption and Resurrection)
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They are all "pals" from when Richardson was a Representative to now as Governor.


49 posted on 03/29/2007 5:12:46 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: pinz-n-needlez

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.


50 posted on 03/29/2007 5:15:32 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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