Grand jury probe urged on New Mexico trash-collection group
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Arriba County man has filed a petition in the state’s First Judicial District alleging fraudulent practices by a regional trash-collection organization.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Antonio De Vargas filed papers this week requesting a grand jury investigation into the North Central Solid Waste Authority. He says a grand jury probe was necessary because he sees a conflict of interest for District Attorney Marco Serna, who is running for the state’s 3rd Congressional District in northern New Mexico.
The 72-year-old De Vargas is accusing the authority of misappropriating public money, billing customers for services not rendered and fraud.
Solid Waste Authority officials did not immediately respond to emails.
Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com