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Rio Arriba county commissioner indicted

SANTA FE, N.M. — Rio Arriba County Commissioner Barney Trujillo has been indicted on three felony counts of unlawful interest in a public contract and another felony count for a campaign finance violation.

Barney Trujillo

The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office sought the indictments from a Rio Arriba grand jury.

The AG’s office conducted a raid on Trujillo’s Chimayo home in January 2017 and also went after documents from county government and the Espanola Public Schools regarding couty expenses related to Trujillo and the school district’s contract with the county commissioner.

In August 2014, he was awarded a $50,000-a-year, no bid marketing contract with the district.

“Public school funds should be used on the needs of students,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas in a news release. “I will continue to bring charges against candidates and officials who fail to serve our communities by pursuing or failing to disclose improper financial interests.”

Trujillo will be arraigned, but that date has not yet been set.

Trujillo ran unsuccessfully for a northern New Mexico House of Representatives seat in Democratic primaries in 2016 and in June of this year.