NEW MEXICO COUNTY SHERIFF BUSTED SELLING INK ON eBAY

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NEW MEXICO COUNTY SHERIFF BUSTED SELLING INK ON eBAY

 user 2011-01-26 at 8:08:39 am Views: 53
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    http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-opinion/ci_17139017

    NEW MEXICO COUNTY SHERIFF BUSTED SELLING INK CARTRIDGES ON eBAY
    ALBUQUERQUE
    – Former Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano, accused of selling
    sheriff’s department equipment online, was arrested Wednesday on 251
    counts of embezzlement and one count of fraud.”This is a dark day for
    those who have put their trust in Greg Solano,” District Attorney
    Matthew Chandler said as he announced the arrest in front of the Santa
    Fe County courthouse.State police investigated Solano for several months
    on allegations he sold new and used sheriff’s equipment on the online
    sales portal eBay. He resigned Nov. 24 after nearly eight years as
    sheriff, and released a letter in which he said he’d been having
    financial problems and had been selling old equipment.”This was wrong,
    illegal, unethical and dishonest,” he wrote.

    State police said their investigation found evidence Solano sold new equipment as well.
    “We
    do not take enjoyment in arresting a two-term sheriff, but if law
    enforcement officials are not held accountable just as any other citizen
    in New Mexico, then the laws in our state mean nothing,” Chandler
    said.Wednesday’s arrest warrant affidavit alleged Solano had been
    stealing and selling county government equipment, and using the profits
    for himself. The equipment included more than 100 bulletproof vests,
    numerous handcuffs and gun holsters and supplies ranging from digital
    audio recorders to ink cartridges, Chandler said.

    An audit is still under way, but Chandler said the value of the property to date exceeds
    $50,000.Solano’s
    attorney, Brooke Gamble, said she hopes her client and the district
    attorney could reach “some kind of agreement,” but said nothing has been
    discussed. She said she told Chandler her client would waive a grand
    jury and preliminary hearing.”I don’t know what the benefit would be for
    the people of New Mexico to drag it on,” she said.Gamble also said
    she’s puzzled by an arrest warrant in an embezzlement case since summons
    are usually issued in such property crimes cases. “He admitted to what
    he did,” she said. “He cooperated from day one.”

    A judge set bond at $25,000 cash.
    Chandler
    said Solano had been “living a life of undercover crime” since January
    2007, when investigators allege online sales of county equipment
    began.The sales unraveled after a reserve deputy in Bowie County, Texas,
    contacted a bulletproof vest manufacturer about resizing a vest he had
    bought on eBay. The manufacturer, concerned over the sale, discovered
    the vest originally was sold to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department
    and was purchased for Solano.

    Solano faces 106 fourth-degree
    felony counts of embezzlement, 11 misdemeanor counts of embezzlement,
    134 petty misdemeanor counts of embezzlement and one count of fraud over
    $20,000, a second-degree felony and the highest degree of fraud in the
    state, Chandler said.If convicted of all counts, he could get a maximum
    sentence of about 250 years, said Chandler, the district attorney in
    Curry and Roosevelt counties. Santa Fe County’s district attorney turned
    the case over to him last year to avoid any appearance of
    impropriety.Chandler said the state also would seek full restitution.

    http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-opinion/ci_17139017