Bernalillo probation violator charged
—JOHN PAUL TRUJILLO, SHERIFF,
On Sunday, June 18, at 8:55 a.m. the Sandoval County Sheriff’s
Office was notified by the Bernalillo Police Department of a gunshot
victim at the University of New Mexico Hospital. Bernalillo Police
were originally notified and upon discovering that the incident
occurred outside their jurisdiction they contacted the Sheriff’s
Office. Deputies learned that a nineteen-year-old male victim, identified
as a resident of Bernalillo, had been beaten with a pistol and then
shot in the left elbow. Deputies were advised that the victim was
going into surgery and didn’t appear to have life-threatening
The location of the incident was found to be
in Bernalillo. An eyewitness and the victim identified the suspect
to also be from Bernalillo.
The suspect had fled the scene and his whereabouts
were unknown until he was arrested in Albuquerque on a probation
violation. Sandoval County deputies obtained an arrest warrant on
the charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, felon in
possession of a firearm, tampering with evidence, and intimidation
of a witness. The suspect will be transferred from the Metro Detention
Center, in Albuquerque, and incarcerated in the Sandoval County
Law workshop will address immigration issues
There will be a free public workshop on the topic of immigration
in Albuquerque on Wednesday, August 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at
the State Bar of New Mexico, 5121 Masthead NE, Albuquerque.
The workshop includes a presentation by volunteer attorneys Mary
Ann Romero and Alison John Lawitt, an open question-and-answer period,
and a free one-on-one consultation with an attorney. There will
be two separate presentations, one in English and one in Spanish.
This event is open to the public and free of charge, as a community
service. Call 1-800-876-6227 or 505-797-6047 for details.
The State Bar of New Mexico and the New Mexico Civil Legal Services
Commission sponsor this program to help educate the public on important
legal issues and the resources available to meet their legal needs.
AG Madrid releases new Identity Theft Repair Instruction
New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid today joined with
New Mexico Veterans Services Department Cabinet Secretary John Garcia
to introduce her office’s new Identity Theft Repair Kit.
Attorney General Madrid said, “Now that the federal Veterans
Administration has released information about the theft which occurred
in that agency, vets should be especially concerned about identity
theft. This is an unbelievably irresponsible way to treat the men
and women who have given so much for our country and I want to help
protect them from identity theft. My new Identity Theft Repair Kit
is designed to be a valuable tool to help all consumers recognize,
repair and recover from identity theft.”
Veterans Services Department Cabinet Secretary John Garcia said,
“We want to assure New Mexico veterans that their information
is secure and protected within the New Mexico Veterans Services
Office. The Veterans office in New Mexico is taking the lead in
our partnership with the Attorney General’s Office to make
sure New Mexico veterans know how protect themselves from identity
theft as a result of the VA’s information compromise. We are
concerned and we care about New Mexico’s vets and that’s
why Attorney General Madrid’s Identity Theft Repair Kit will
be available at all of the 18 Veterans Services offices around the
“Everyone should be aware of the damage that identity theft
can do to a person’s credit. It’s not just an inconvenience;
ID theft can prevent you from purchasing a house, getting insurance,
buying a car, and can even get you arrested for a crime you didn’t
commit. Because so many recent incidents have involved large companies
or organizations compromising consumers’ personal information,
I want to issue this sobering caution: it may not be a matter of
if your identity will be stolen, it may actually be a matter of
when,” said Madrid.
Madrid urges all veterans to immediately follow these steps to
protect their identity:
• Contact one of the three major credit bureaus and put
a fraud alert on their credit report;
• Order a copy of your credit report and check it for unfamiliar
or unauthorized accounts opened in your name. Every American is
entitled to one free credit report from each of the three major
credit reporting bureaus by going to www.annualcreditreport.com,
by calling 1-877-322-8228 (TDD 1-877-730-4104) or by writing to
Annual Credit Report Request Service, PO Box 105283, Atlanta, GA
• Immediately check your bank statements, credit card statements
and other financial statements for unauthorized use.
Madrid also advises veterans to be vigilant in checking billing
statements and credit reports on a regular basis for any unauthorized
activity. In cases of identity theft, the information may not be
used immediately, but can remain dormant until the ID thieves decide
it is “safe” to use. “With the amount of information
that was stolen from the VA’s records, it’s best to
remain observant to what’s going on with your personal information
for an indefinite period of time,” said Madrid.
In May, the Veterans Administration announced that an employee
had violated policies by taking home a hard drive containing the
personal data of millions of veterans and active duty military personnel.
During a burglary of the employee’s house, the hard drive
and a computer were taken, putting the personal information of 26.5
million veterans at risk for identity theft.
In addition to the Veterans Administration, other high-profile
information compromises have been reported at the National Nuclear
Security Administration office at Kirtland Air Force Base, the travel
mortgage lender Wells Fargo, and the consumer database managed by
Attorney General Madrid’s new Identity Theft Repair Kit is
a handbook that guides consumers step by step through the process
of repairing their credit after an incident of ID theft. The Kit
is available free through the Attorney General’s Office in
Albuquerque by calling (505) 222-9000. The booklet can also be picked
up at the offices of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services
around New Mexico. It can also be downloaded from the Attorney General’s
Web site at: www.ago.state.nm.us.
If veterans have concerns about the VA’s information compromise,
they should contact the New Mexico Veterans Services Department
at 1-866-433-8387 or 827-6300 in Santa Fe. Veterans may also contact
a special 24-hour hotline set up by the VA at 800-333-4636.