Block Resigning Friday

New Mexico – Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. says he is resigning Friday afternoon, a little more than a week after he pleaded guilty to felony charges.

Block submitted a letter of resignation on Thursday to the Public Regulation Commission. It said his resignation becomes effective at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Block, an Espanola Democrat, was elected to a four-year term on the PRC in 2008.

Under a plea agreement with the attorney general's office, Block pleaded guilty last week to charges stemming from misuse of a state-issued credit card and he also is to plead guilty to felony charges for violating campaign finance laws in 2008.

Gov. Susana Martinez will appoint someone to fill Block's vacancy.

Block pleaded guilty last week to charges including fraudulent use of a state-issued credit card.

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