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State Auditor to award financial aid to small, rural communities

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SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller announced Aug. 16 that the Office of the State Auditor is set to award financial assistance to small political subdivisions across New Mexico.

The OSA will award grants to entities, such as acequias and soil and water conservation districts, to help them complete state audit...

Financial Fraud: Lengthy prison term for estate planner who betrayed clients

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Julie Kronhaus was a well-regarded estate planner with impressive training and credentials. She was a licensed attorney, a certified public accountant, and had earned a master’s degree in taxation. Unfortunately, she was also home-schooled in fraud.

Between 2009 and 2015, according to court records, Kronhaus defrauded clients and banks out of approximately $2.7 million. The Florida resident often acted as a trustee for her clients and held their money in bank accounts she controlled. With that access, she diverted money into her law firm’s bank accounts and used it to afford a lavish lifestyle that included clothes-buying sprees and regular trips to New York and Europe.

“She...

Pres. Begaye welcomes Vietnam Veterans for moving wall ceremony

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TWIN ARROWS-On Friday, Aug. 11, during the opening ceremony for the Moving Wall at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino and Resort, President Russell Begaye welcomed home all Vietnam Veterans, reinforcing that they deserved an honorable homecoming for their service.

“Welcome home Vietnam Veterans. You were not welcomed home like you should have been,” President Begaye said. “We are thankful and grateful to each and every Vietnam Veteran that is here today and to those of the over 58,000 names on the wall.”

The Moving Wall is a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. that travels across the country giving people the opportunity to see it in...

Shiprock man sentenced to prison for involuntary manslaughter charge

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ALBUQUERQUE – Travis Arthur Mustache, 35, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., was sentenced Aug. 14, in Albuquerque, to 37 months in prison for his conviction on federal involuntary manslaughter and assault charges. He will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

Mustache was arrested in March 2017, on an indictment charging him with involuntary manslaughter and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. According to the indictment, Mustache killed one victim and seriously injured another while driving his vehicle under the influence of alcohol on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M., on June...

AG urges Congress to fix child sex trafficking law

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ALBUQUERQUE - Attorney General Hector Balderas joined 49 other state and territorial attorneys general in a bi-partisan coalition urging Congress to affirm that all law-enforcement agencies retain their traditional authority to fight sex trafficking.

In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general ask representatives to amend the Communications Decency Act to clarify that states, localities and territories retain authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of child sex trafficking wherever they operate, including online. The simple word addition to the CDA proposed in this letter will help to ensure that citizens and children are effectively protected throughout the entire...

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