SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran is promising to turn herself in at a county jail to serve 30 days as partial punishment for siphoning money from her election account to fuel a gambling addiction.
She has been ordered to report Friday morning to the Santa Fe County Adult Correctional Facility.
Duran, once among the state’s top elected officials, is expected sleep in a 6-by-8-foot cell and wear khaki scrubs.
The 60-year-old from Tularosa resigned from office in October, and she pleaded guilty to felony counts of embezzlement and money laundering. The transgressions have led to calls for a major overhaul of state campaign finance and ethics laws.
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Under a plea agreement, Duran had the opportunity to withdraw her pleas, but she did not do so.