- Associated Press - Saturday, October 17, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A panel of New Mexico lawmakers investigating fraud, embezzlement and money laundering charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran is scheduled to be briefed later this month.

The House Special Investigatory Committee will meet Oct. 27 in Santa Fe. Special Counsel Robert Gorence will brief the panel during the public meeting.

Lawmakers also are expected to discuss the rules and procedures for the committee’s investigation.

It will be up to the committee to recommend to the House whether to pursue impeachment proceedings against Duran, who is accused of misusing campaign donations and filing false campaign finance reports with her own office.

Duran has pleaded not guilty to dozens of related charges. A preliminary hearing is scheduled in state district court for Dec. 1.

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