When addiction becomes criminal



Balderas on Friday charged Duran with 64 counts of embezzlement, fraud, money laundering, identify theft and other crimes…

Taken together, the allegations portray a dizzying pattern of gambling sprees made possible through a series of transfers between bank accounts set up for her 2010 and 2014 campaigns and the personal checking account she shared with her husband that frequently delved deep into the red.

Duran’s banking records, as outlined by Balderas, show a life different from her public image. A conservative Republican in a mostly Democratic state, she rose from a deputy county clerk in Southern New Mexico to become the second-highest-ranking Republican in the state…

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