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AG’s office files new felony identify theft charge against Dianna Duran

Attorney General Hector Balderas’s office has tacked another criminal charge onto its case against Secretary of State Dianna Duran, alleging the person Duran listed as her campaign treasurer during her 2010 election bid — former state Sen. Don Kidd — did not know his name was being used and had no role in verifying Duran’s campaign reports.

In addition, the AG’s office filed notice it intends to seek an enhancement to any possible sentence handed down to Duran under a high-profile but untested 2012 public corruption bill.

The legal salvos capped off a week in which Duran’s attorney filed a motion to have the Attorney General’s Office disqualified from prosecuting the Duran case and Balderas moved to cut formal ties between the two offices, pending the case’s outcome.

In the new criminal complaint filed today in District Court, a special agent in the Attorney General’s Office said Kidd told investigators he was unaware he was listed as treasurer — on 10 different reports — for Duran’s 2010 secretary of state campaign.

Kidd, a Carlsbad banker who previously served in the state Senate with Duran, also told an AG’s office investigator the address and phone number listed on Duran’s campaign reports did not belong to him and he had no involvement in Duran’s campaign other than making a financial contribution, according to the criminal complaint.

When asked why Duran would list him as her campaign treasurer, Kidd allegedly told the investigator, “I just don’t know — that’s amazing.”

Duran was already facing charges of fraud, embezzlement, money laundering and other crimes for allegedly using campaign contributions to cover personal spending at casinos. She pleaded not guilty to the charges last month, but has faced mounting pressure to resign from office.

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