Manny Aragon complains: Restitution share too high

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Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013 7:00 pm

Former state Senate President Pro-tem Manny Aragon, currently serving a prison sentence in a Colorado federal facility for his role in skimming money from an Albuquerque courthouse project, says he’s paying more than his fair share in court-ordered reimbursements to the state.

Aragon, once considered the most powerful person in the state Legislature, pleaded guilty in federal court in 2009 to three felony counts of conspiracy and mail fraud. All counts were related to a scheme to defraud the state of nearly $4.4 million in the construction of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse in Albuquerque.

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  • Mark Ordonez posted at 10:40 am on Mon, Jun 3, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 1165


    Good one!

  • Steve Salazar posted at 3:15 pm on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1947

    Take the rope off his soap for the next 11 months and we'll call it even.

  • P.J. Catanach posted at 11:45 am on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

    PattyjoCatanach Posts: 31

    He has 11 months left on his sentence. He has been in prison since 2009. The restitution was to be paid by all the defendants, not just Mr. Aragon. The article is very specific about that.

  • Ernest Green posted at 11:01 am on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

    ernest green Posts: 74

    One of the many tragedies in this story is that Aragon still draws a state pension. Several years have passed in which folks at the Legislature could have drawn up bills to prevent corrupt officials from being eligible for pension yet none have made it to the floor. In fact, no ethics bills whatsoever have made it to the floor in that time span. Varela, Wirth, Egolf, et al might find time to work on such legislation after they work through the important stuff that I'm certain is holding them all back.

  • Tommy Trujillo posted at 10:10 am on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

    Tommy Posts: 33

    It's hard to find a bigger 'tool' than Aragon. Great thing this epitome of 'good ole boy' politics saved up enough of our swindled tax dollars to make these payments.

  • Ranch Girl posted at 8:10 am on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

    Ranch Girl Posts: 6

    Maybe he needs to stay in prison longer?

  • ChristineMtz posted at 8:57 pm on Fri, May 31, 2013.

    ChristineMtz Posts: 54

    Sounds like Mr. Martinez had even less remorse as he has paid a whopping 388! Of course, Manny Aragon probably got the lion's share!

  • ChristineMtz posted at 8:51 pm on Fri, May 31, 2013.

    ChristineMtz Posts: 54

    Maybe Archbishop Sheehan should pitch in since he wrote asking the court to have leniency on Manny Aragon after he stole millions from taxpayers?

  • bob chilton posted at 8:28 pm on Fri, May 31, 2013.

    bobchilton Posts: 112

    this is new mexico math.

    aragon stole $4.4 million and has repaid $1.4mil. that's only 32% of what he misappropriated.

    he's way ahead after spending 11 months in jail and paying federal and state taxes.

    sign me up, and, no, the lawyers did not get this rest.


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