Former state senator pleads not guilty to criminal charges

Phil Griego
Phil Griego

SANTA FE (KRQE) – From the State Senate to State District Court, Phil Griego went in front of a judge Monday morning.

The former state senator is accused of using his job in the roundhouse to line his pockets.

Phil Griego pleaded not guilty to nine criminal charges including everything from fraud to bribery.

In a Santa Fe courtroom Monday, attorney general’s prosecutors argued for a $25,000 bond to make sure Griego shows up to trial, but Judge Sarah Singleton decided that wasn’t necessary, allowing Griego to remain out of jail.

Griego is accused of using his job as a state senator to help push through a real estate deal in 2014 where he made around $50,000. But using an elected job for that kind of personal financial gain is not allowed.

The San Miguel County democrat resigned from the state senate a year ago as the scandal surfaced. In March, Griego told KRQE News 13 that he didn’t do anything wrong.

Getting this case in a courtroom took some heavy lifting. Seven judges recused themselves before Judge Singleton took the case.

The case is set to go to a preliminary hearing in late May, where a judge will hear evidence and determine if there’s enough to the allegations for the case to move forward.

If convicted, Griego faces more than 15 years in prison.

 

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