Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

3 Applicants Won't OK Inquiry.(Final)

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

Background Checks For Track Refused

Three of the four applicants vying to build a horse track and casino in Hobbs are refusing to sign legal releases for a state agency to dig into their backgrounds and share the details.

However, two of those refusing to sign on the dotted line said Thursday their concerns have nothing to do with the extensive criminal and financial checks themselves. Instead, they said, the issue is that the releases are written in a way that would allow private matters concerning the applicants to become public, including personal income tax information and checking account numbers.

"What they want is a blanket release," said former Gov. …

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