NM Man Sentenced In Election Fraud Case

Sep 12, 2013

A New Mexico man convicted of conspiring to steal money intended for voter education efforts has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

A federal judge also ordered Joseph Kupfer of Rio Rancho to pay restitution to the state and the Internal Revenue Service.

The 50-year-old Kupfer and 65-year-old Armando C. Gutierrez of Corpus Christi, Texas, were found guilty in January.

Prosecutors say the two men conspired to get more money than they were due out of New Mexico's Help America Vote Act funds.

The indictment charged $2.5 million in fraud.

At the time of the indictment, prosecutors say Kupfer and Gutierrez were consultants to New Mexico Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil. She left office in 2006.

State criminal charges against Vigil were dismissed last year after a judge ruled delays in the case had impaired her defense.