- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A letter from state Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla shows she did tell auditors in her agency last year that her former client shouldn’t have to pay a penalty.

Padilla, who has served as tax secretary since 2011, is accused of trying to pressure employees to give preferential treatment to her former client in a tax audit.

In the letter, released by State Auditor Tim Keller’s office Monday, Padilla explained that the business was not to blame for incomplete information on its tax return as it did not receive all the information it needed from her now-defunct company, Padilla & Garcia.

A Padilla spokesman says the secretary was not out of line, but instead the letter is only attesting to facts.

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