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Former state worker sentenced to prison in extortion case

August 31, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department worker faces nearly four years in prison on federal extortion convictions.

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced 45-year-old Larry Mendoza of Santa Fe and ordered him to pay over $43,000 in restitution.

Mendoza pleaded guilty Nov. 17 to a three-count criminal information filed that day.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mendoza solicited and accepted payments totaling $2,500 from a business owner in return for reducing the business owner’s tax obligation.

The office also said Mendoza acknowledged he engaged in a similar pattern of criminal conduct with other business owners and that his conduct was responsible for losses in excess of $40,000.

The department terminated Mendoza after placing him on administrative leave in May 2017.

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