Lawsuit: New Mexico AG staffer bullied nonprofit

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A lawsuit says a New Mexico Attorney General staffer bullied nonprofit employees and harassed a female worker on social media while using the name “Mr. Smooth.”

Court papers filed Monday in Santa Fe District Court claim Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Casares Owens tried to control the day-to-day operations of the United South Broadway Corp. and prevented staff from doing outreach on foreclosure prevention.

The lawsuit also says Owens invited a female employee for drinks and tried to “friend” her on Facebook while other staffers felt intimidated.

Owens heads an initiative on homeowner consumer protection following a national settlement on mortgage loans.

Attorney General Hector Balderas says the lawsuit is based on frivolous allegations against his predecessor.

The lawsuit comes as Balderas is seeking to audit the nonprofit, which receives public funds.

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