ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's highest ranking elected officials could face prison time and thousands of dollars in fines if convicted of charges that she allegedly misused campaign donations for personal gain.
The possible punishment came into focus Friday after prosecutors filed an amended complaint against Secretary of State Dianna Duran in district court.
They also submitted arguments as to why the case should be heard in Santa Fe after Duran's attorney challenged the court's jurisdiction.
The two-term Republican is accused of funneling campaign donations into personal accounts, filing false campaign finance reports and withdrawing cash at casinos.
She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The dozens of misdemeanors she faces carry possible punishments of less than a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The more serious felonies carry three-year prison terms and $5,000 fines.