Search warrant for N.M. public regulation commissioner revealed
A search warrant unsealed Friday shows that Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block, Jr., did not only buy multiple gas fill-ups — within minutes of each other and for other people as well as himself — but he also bought chimichangas, cigarettes and Gatorade. He also used the PRC cards of two other employees.
The warrant (pdf) states that $119.49 of diesel was charged to the card by a driver in a “white, four-door, General Motors (possibly Chevrolet) pickup truck” on July 9, but the security camera footage was too grainy to make an ID on the driver or the car. Block also asked for the Social Security number of another PRC employee, Jason Montoya, to repay money owed to him via wire transfer. Block then accessed Montoya’s gas card account using the last six digits of his Social Security number as the PIN and made four transactions with it.
Block has been stripped of his position as vice-chairman by his colleagues who called on him to resign and hasn’t been at the PRC since July 28. He can only be removed from office by impeachment by the legislature or a felony conviction.