- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on the arraignment of former Sen. Phil Griego on fraud and bribery charges (all times local):

8:50 a.m.

Former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego has pleaded not guilty to fraud and bribery charges in connection with his role in the sale of a state-owned building.

Griego was arraigned in Santa Fe District Court on Monday.

Judge Sarah Singleton denied a request for bail and says Griego can be released on his own recognizance.

Griego is confronting 10 criminal counts for fraud, perjury, tampering with public records, bribery, and other violations. The state attorney general’s office say the Democrat used his job as a senator to orchestrate the sale of a state-owned building in downtown Santa Fe, and later earn a sales commission from a private company.

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4:10 a.m.

Former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego is scheduled to appear in court Monday to answer to fraud and bribery charges in a long-simmering scandal over his role in the sale of a state-owned building.

State prosecutors say the Democrat used his job as a senator to orchestrate the sale of a state-owned building in downtown Santa Fe, and later earn a sales commission from a private company without proper disclosure.

Griego says he did nothing wrong. Monday is his first opportunity to enter a plea since charges were filed by the New Mexico attorney general’s office in February.

Griego is confronting 10 criminal counts for fraud, perjury, tampering with public records, bribery, and other violations.


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