NM election consultant gets 10-year prison term

August 20, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man convicted of conspiring to steal money intended for voter education efforts in New Mexico has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say 65-year-old Armando C. Gutierrez also was sentenced Monday to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay more than $2.5 million in restitution to the state.

Gutierrez, of Corpus Christi, Texas, was found guilty in January by a federal jury in Albuquerque after an eight-day trial.

Prosecutors say Gutierrez and 50-year-old Joseph C. Kupfer of Rio Rancho conspired to get more money than they were due out of New Mexico’s $19 million in Help America Vote Act funds.

The indictment charged $2.5 million in fraud.

Kupfer also was convicted in the case in January. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 11.

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