Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Campaign Investigation Stalls.(New Mexico)

Byline: Rene Romo Journal Southern Bureau

Treasurer Denies Funding Impropriety

LAS CRUCES District Attorney Tom Rutledge of Carlsbad said Thursday the investigation into possible improprieties involving state Treasurer Michael Montoya's congressional campaign funds has been halted because investigators "ran up against a brick wall."

This spring, State Police began investigating the possible embezzlement of $630,000 by the state treasurer's brother, Orlando. Since then, police also have looked into whether some of the funds were funneled to the treasurer's campaign for the 2nd Congressional District seat representing southern New Mexico. Montoya, a Democrat, lost to incumbent Rep. …

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