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Special prosecutor Matt Chandler announces Solano's arrest.
Wren Abbott

Former Sheriff Solano Arrested

DA says Solano embezzled for gambling

January 19, 2011, 3:30 pm
By Wren Abbot

Former Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano was arrested at 2 pm on Wednesday, Jan. 19, and is being held at Santa Fe County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

Solano is charged with 251 counts of embezzlement and one count of fraud. If convicted on all counts, he could face 250 years in prison.

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler confirmed that Solano had used the proceeds of Santa Fe County items he sold on ebay for gambling purposes.

The estimated total value of the goods Solano allegedly embezzled from Santa Fe County is $60,000. The arrest occurred approximately two months after state police received a tip about Solano's activities. 


Updated January 20, 10:20 a.m.

Matt Chandler said Solano used some of the proceeds of Santa Fe County items he sold on eBay for gambling purposes, but did not say he used all the proceeds for that purpose.

 

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