New Mexico

U.S. Government

In historic pick, Biden taps Haaland as interior secretary

President-elect Joe Biden selected New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as his nominee for interior secretary on Thursday, a historic pick that would make her the first Native American to lead the powerful federal agency that has wielded influence over the nation’s tribes for generations. Tribal leaders and activists around the country, along with many Democratic

Legal Beat

DIFI Fraud Unit Investigation Results in Conviction for $1.8 Million Insurance Fraud

On October 26, 2020, Nicholas Scaffidi, 39, was sentenced in Maricopa County Superior Court for his role in coordinating an elaborate $1.8 million insurance fraud against Blue Cross-Blue Shield (BCBS) of Arizona. Scaffidi was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $820,016.26 in restitution and fines of $3,331.00. Scaffidi’s conviction caps an

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