Another day another liberal mayor goes down in flames with multiple felony counts. The mayor of Las Vegas, New Mexico just got hit with six felony charges the day before Christmas.
Tonita Gurule-Giron has been under fire and faced a recall petition early in her term, but after authorities raided her home and office this summer everyone was waiting for the other shoe to drop.
It just did and Tonita will be facing the music for bid-rigging, bribery, abuse of power in a massive corruption scheme.
Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron was charged with six felonies Monday afternoon in connection to an ongoing investigation into allegations of bid-rigging, fraud and abuse of power.
Gurule-Giron faces felony charges of official acts for personal financial interest, ethical principles of public service, soliciting or receiving illegal kickbacks, conspiracy to commit making or permitting false public voucher, unlawful interest in a public contract and demanding or receiving bribe by public officer or public employee.
The criminal complaint in the case was filed by the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office just before 3 p.m. Monday. An arraignment is scheduled in the courtroom of Abigail Aragon at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.
The AG’s office raided Gurule-Giron’s home, city hall and the home of Marvin Salazar, the owner of Gemini Construction, who was described as Gurule-Giron’s “boyfriend” and “paramour” in search warrants, on June 27.
Salazar was also charged just before 3 p.m. Monday with felony counts of offering or paying an illegal kickback and making or permitting false public voucher.
The June search warrants indicated the potential of kickbacks, price-rigging, favorable treatment and collusion between Gurule-Giron and Salazar.
As previously reported by the Optic, the affidavit by Special Agent Lindsay McIntosh claimed that the mayor used her position of power to award a contract to Gemini Construction of $8,998 for the installation of hardwood flooring for City Hall — which would later, after being revised and reissued, increase to $19,123.35 — despite being underbid by Price’s Furnishings, who bid $6,529.19 on April 5, 2016.
Price’s bid was rejected because of a note written on the bottom of the bid claiming that the company does not do hardwood flooring. It is not known who wrote the note.
The GOP has been fighting against this corrupt mayor for some time and it likes they were proven right. Meanwhile, the progressives have been championing her.