AG Balderas Announces Receipt of $50,000 Grant to Fight Identity Theft & Cybercrime

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20th, 2018

Contact: David Carl (505) 288-2465

Albuquerque, NM – Today Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the receipt of a $50,000
federal grant aimed at fighting identity theft across New Mexico. The New Mexico Office of the
Attorney General is the first Attorney General’s Office in the nation to have been awarded this
grant, and joins private organizations that battle identity theft across the nation.
“Thieves and fraudsters put thousands of New Mexican families at risk every year,” said
Attorney General Hector Balderas. “I am committed to improving our response to victims of
identity theft, including cybercrimes and making sure that every New Mexican knows that our
office is ready to serve them.”
This grant is awarded by the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN) and
will be used to build a coalition of statewide partners dedicated to protecting New Mexicans and
providing outreach to victims of identity theft and cybercrime. None of this funding comes from
taxpayer dollars, and is instead generated from fines, penalties and bond forfeitures to criminal
offenders. The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General is one of just five recipients of this
grant, nationwide.
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