- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - A California businessman hired by the Diocese of Gallup to conduct property auctions as part of its ongoing bankruptcy case kept members of the public from attending an auction in Albuquerque.

The Gallup Independent reports (https://bit.ly/1jl8YBA ) CEO of Accelerated Marketing Group, Todd Good, says there was no advantage to allowing someone that wasn’t a qualified bidder into the auction Sept. 19.

The diocese filed for bankruptcy in 2013 as lawsuits mounted over claims of clergy sex abuse.

Attorneys for the diocese were granted permission to sell pieces of unwanted property in Arizona and New Mexico, but court documents didn’t indicate that the auctions would be closed to the media or general public.

A report detailing the auction sales is expected later this week. The Phoenix auction was held Sept. 12.

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Information from: Gallup Independent, https://www.gallupindependent.com

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