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UPDATED: Former State Corrections Official Pleads Guilty To Taking Bribes

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Former facilities manager for the state Department of Corrections, Laurie Chapman, 50, pleaded guilty this morning to a 30-count federal indictment charging her with soliciting and accepting $237,080 in bribes from a roofing company in exchange for contracts at state prisons.

Chapman will be sentenced within 75 to 90 days by U.S. District Judge James Browning and faces up to 10 years in prison on each count of the indictment.

Over the course of two years, Chapman awarded $4 million in to Santa Fe roofing contractor Omni Development in exchange for the bribes.

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July 28, 12:24 p.m.

By The Associated Press

A former Corrections Department official has pleaded guilty to federal charges for accepting $237,000 in bribes in exchange for selecting a contractor for roofing projects.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced Thursday that Laurie Chapman had entered a guilty plea in federal court in Albuquerque to a 30-count indictment of soliciting and accepting bribes from Santa Fe-based Omni Development Corp.

Chapman was the department’s facilities manager from 1999 through May 2010, and was responsible for selecting companies to do maintenance and construction work on prison system buildings.

Prosecutors said Chapman accepted bribes from 2007 through August 2009 in exchange for awarding $4 million in roofing contracts to Omni.

A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled but Chapman faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for each of the 30 offenses.

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