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Amid allegations of what is being called the biggest kickback scheme in New Mexico politics, and an investigation by the state’s Attorney General, Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton has resigned her position in the state Legislature. On Wednesday, the Attorney General’s Office served search warrants on the home and businesses of Williams Stapleton and her employer, the Albuquerque Public Schools, as part of an investigation into Williams Stapleton’s financial relationship with a vendor for APS that has been paid millions of dollars.

In a letter to the secretary of state, Williams Stapleton denies all allegations against her. “I must devote a significant amount of time and energy to fully defend against these allegations.”

Williams Stapleton represented District 19 in Albuquerque and was the longest-serving member of the Democratic Party as well as the House Majority Floor Leader.

Yesterday, The Paper. wrote about the process to replace Williams Stapleton. You can read that here.

Read her resignation letter here:

Read the warrants here:

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