By Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) - A former Cibola County commissioner has pleaded no contest to charges in a corruption case.

The New Mexico State Police said former Commissioner Antonio Gallegos entered the plea Monday in Cibola County District Court in Grants in a case stemming from a real estate purchase by the county.

The State Police said the plea caps an investigation that began in late 2014 after a concerned citizen contacted authorities.

According to the State Police, Gallegos was charged of various crimes accusing him of personally enriching himself by acting as broker-seller in the sale of commercial property in Grants to the county.

Gallegos pleaded “no contest” to charges that included attempt to commit an official act for personal financial interest and use of confidential information.

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