New Mexico Attorney General Gets Funding to Prosecute Qui Tam Cases


Attorney General Gary King would get extra muscle to go after taxpayer money lost to fraud, if Gov. Bill Richardson signs a state budget the Legislature passed last week.

The budget earmarks $150,000 for King to hire a full-time attorney to focus on court complaints filed by citizens who believe that the state has been defrauded, resulting in the loss of taxpayer money.

A full-time attorney dedicated to so-called qui tam lawsuits could represent a financial boon to the state.

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