Ex-PRC member Block released from jail

December 24, 2011 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. is out of jail after a judge released him on bond.

Jail records show Block’s family paid a $1,000 cash payment on a [auth] $10,000 bond set by state District Judge Michael Vigil.

The Santa Fe New Mexican ( ) reports the judge ordered a limited version of house arrest that will include a GPS-tracking ankle monitor and twice-weekly drug tests until Block is sentenced Jan. 27 on felony charges.

Block has pleaded guilty to charges including fraudulent use of a state-issued gasoline-purchase card, embezzling public campaign funds during his 2008 run for office and identity theft.

Block resigned from his $90,000-a-year position on the commission that regulates utilities and other industries in the state as part of his plea agreement.

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