New Mexico public regulation commissioner pleads guilty to felony charges; tenders resignation

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October 7, 2011

New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico: As of 3:00 pm this afternoon, Jerome Block, Jr. is no longer serving on the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. He submitted his resignation yesterday in a letter to Patrick H. Lyons, the current chair of the executive state commission.

In late September, Block plead guilty to credit card fraud and identity theft, and no contest to an embezzlement charge. As part of his plea agreement with the state attorney general Gary King, Block had until October 13 to tender his resignation. He has been fined $8,000 in restitution to the state[1] and is also expected to plead guilty to felony charges for violating campaign finance laws in 2008.[2]

Block was first elected to the commission in 2008 to a four-year term. Gov. Susana Martinez will appoint a new commissioner to serve the remainder of Block's unexpired term, and the seat will be up for re-election in the November 2012 election.

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