Thursday, July 28, 2011
AG Agreement Leads to Federal Indictment
Former Corrections Official Pleads Guilty to Bribery
(ALBUQUERQUE)---Attorney General Gary King assisted in securing aguilty plea todayto federal bribery chargesby former state officialLaurie Chapman. Chapman agreed to plead guilty and not to contestrestitution in return for the state's agreement not topursue statecharges.
The AG agreed not to pursue state charges against her based upon the actsand conduct specifically alleged in the federal indictment. This preserves anyclaim the State may have if there is anything criminal in other dealingsinvolving Chapman. She plead guilty this morning in federal court inAlbuquerque to receiving bribes of more than $230,000 in exchange forawarding nearly $4 million in state contracts.Attorney General King says,"The U.S. Attorney's Office asked us to facilitatea plea bargain with Chapman concerning the federal charges. When thatplea bargain failed to take place, the State and Chapman negotiated anagreement whereby, in return for her plea to the federal charges, the Statewould not pursue her on these facts.The FBI agents who conducted theinvestigation are quite confident that Ms. Chapman's criminal conduct islimited to the facts as set out in the federal indictment, and it is important toNew Mexico that Chapman's criminal conduct be dealt with promptly."Chapman's agreement was orchestrated by the AG's GovernmentAccountability Division.