New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner faces allegations of car theft, abuse of state gas card

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August 15, 2011

New Mexico

SANTA FE, New Mexico: As his colleges continue to call for his regulation, New Mexico public regulation commissioner Jerome Block, Jr. is facing allegations that could cost him his political career.

An investigation earlier this month found a series of questionable charges made to Block's state-issued gas card, totaling over $8,000 during the first six months of the year.[1] On the heels of that revelation came new charges last week, alleging Block drove a car off of a sales lot to take it to a mechanic and never returned it. He was also found to be driving on a suspended license.[2]

On Friday the commission removed Block from his position as vice-chair. They, along with many other state officials, have called on Block to resign. If he does not, State Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, Sr. said he would form a committee to discuss Block's possible impeachment. Block and his father also have pending criminal charges against them for alleged misuse of public campaign money in 2008.[3]

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