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Corrected Austin Amended Complaint w Exhibits-Errata Corrections Made as FILED

Corrected Austin Amended Complaint w Exhibits-Errata Corrections Made as FILED

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Published by: Steve Terrell on Jun 23, 2009
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2Pursuant to Rule 1-015(A), NMRA 2009, the plaintiff State of New Mexico and
qui tam
plaintiffs Frank and Suzanne Foy hereby amend and supplement the original complaintwhich was filed on April 17, 2009 at approximately 8:30 AM, as follows:
1.This is one of several lawsuits to recover damages for the State of NewMexico under the Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, NMSA 1978, §§ 44-9-1 through -14. Theplaintiff is the State of New Mexico. The
qui tam
plaintiffs and relators are Frank C. Foyand Suzanne B. Foy. This action seeks to recover three times the amount of damagessustained by the State of New Mexico because of the violations of the Fraud AgainstTaxpayers Act, along with civil penalties, costs, and reasonable attorney fees, including thefees of the Attorney General, all as provided in § 44-9-3(C), plus pre- and post-judgmentinterest.2.This complaint expands upon, and sets forth in greater detail, the allegationsfirst set forth in the original complaint filed by Frank Foy. On July 14, 2008, Mr. Foy filed acomplaint relating to the loss of $90 million which the Educational Retirement Board(“ERB”) and State Investment Counsel (“SIC”) invested in Vanderbilt Financial Trust.
State ex rel. Foy v. Vanderbilt 
, No. D-101-CV-2008-1895 (N.M. 1st Jud. Dist. Ct.). TheVanderbilt complaint alleged that the Vanderbilt investment was influenced by kickbacksand other illegal inducements. The complaint also alleged that there were other instances inwhich ERB and SIC investments were based upon kickbacks and other illegal inducements.
Complaint ¶¶ 63, 64, 67, 70, and 73. This complaint explains the other instances of “pay to play” at the ERB and the SIC.
33.As a result of defendants’ violations of the Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, theState of New Mexico has lost very substantial amounts of money, including investmentfunds belonging to the ERB and SIC. The ERB provides retirement benefits to public schoolteachers in New Mexico, and college professors, and employees of public schools andcolleges. As of June 30, 2007, the ERB had 122,598 members, of whom 62,697 were activemembers, and 29,969 were retirees or beneficiaries. The SIC invests the State’s permanentfunds for the benefit of public schools and colleges, and for the operations of the State. Theproceeds from this action should be returned to State of New Mexico in accordance with§ 44-9-7(D) and (E).4.The defendants knowingly presented, or caused to be presented, to the State afalse or fraudulent claim for payment or approval, in violation of § 44-9-3(A)(1).5.The defendants knowingly made or used, or caused to be made or used, afalse and misleading or fraudulent record or statement to obtain or support the approval of the payment on a false or fraudulent claim, in violation of § 44-9-3(A)(2).6.The defendants conspired to defraud the State by obtaining approval opayment on a false or fraudulent claim, in violation of § 44-9-3(A)(3).7.The defendants conspired to make, use or cause to be made or used, a false,misleading or fraudulent record or statement to conceal, avoid or decrease an obligation topay out or transmit money or property to the State, in violation of § 44-9-3(A)(4).8.When in possession, custody or control of property or money to be used bythe State, the defendants knowingly delivered or caused to be delivered less property or money than the amount indicated on a certificate or receipt, in violation of § 44-9-3(A)(5).

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