The scandal-plagued former New Mexico governor – with whom Virginia Roberts claimed she had sex with minors on Jeffrey Epstein’s orders – has once again been dragged into the mud.
Career politician Bill Richardson has been accused of bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks during his tenure – money that allegedly funded a luxurious and dissolute lifestyle, including “ sexual services and favors, ” according to a recently unsealed legal complaint filed. obtained by DailyMail .com.
According to the lawsuit, Richardson conducted a scam called the “ Richardson Ring, ” in which the one-time governor took advantage of money he’d grafted into business investment in the state of New Mexico in the early 2000s.
The greedy politician filled his own pockets with cash, used some cash to fund his political campaigns and organizations, and also enjoyed lavish meals, wine and spirits, as well as luxury travel and entertainment, the legal claims said.
Richardson, 72, served as Governor of New Mexico from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2010, during which time he was Chairman of the State Investment Council (SIC).
Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has been accused of executing a plan that brought in more than $ 100,000 in bribes during his tenure
Richardson, 72, served as Governor of New Mexico from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2010
Richardson’s alleged ‘pay to play’ plan was revealed by a man named Frank Foy and made public in unsealed court documents in January 2009.
His lifestyle reportedly included ‘sexual services and favors’ funded by the scam called the ‘Richardson Ring’
The resulting public scandal forced the SIC to investigate bribes in state investment and Richardson himself.
Now in a civil suit filed in May in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, but only dropped last week, Richardson is said to have overseen a sophisticated cover for his plan.
The lawsuit alleges that Governor Richardson was able to put his trusted ‘agents’ in state government jobs to cover up his misconduct.
The documents allege Richardson installed several key allies in the SIC to cover his tracks and thwart any corruption investigation.
The filing states: “So far, the defendants have managed to cover up Bill Richardson’s misconduct.
“To date, based on information and conviction, Bill Richardson has managed to avoid being sworn off over his graft.”
It added: “As governor, Bill Richardson controlled the recruitment of all state employees to the executive branch. He used his power to carry out and cover up corruption. ‘
The lawsuit, the paperwork argues, was filed on behalf of the State of New Mexico, Frank Foy and John Casey, under the Fraud Against Taxpayers Act and is seeking damages from Richardson and some of his alleged cohorts to pay the state back the money they reportedly paid. took.
The allegations will attract Richardson even more unwanted attention.
Richardson’s office did not respond to a request from DailyMail.com for comment.
According to a recently unsealed legal complaint obtained by DailyMail.com, Richardson used the money to fund a luxurious and riotous lifestyle
In court documents in 2015, the once influential politician was accused of being involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s child trafficking.
Epstein victim Virginia Roberts, now Giuffre, named Richardson as one of the powerful men she should have had sex with from Epstein and his alleged Mrs. Ghislaine Maxwell.
Giuffre, now 37, filed a lawsuit against Epstein in Florida in 2009, saying she was a sex slave to him from 1999 to 2002
Giuffre later claimed she had sex with the British Prince Andrew three times and was forced to have sex with Richardson.
The court documents were unsealed from the public in 2019, and Prince Andrew and Richardson vigorously denied the claims.
Giuffre claims that her was ‘told to have sex’ with Richardson by Epstein and his alleged Mrs. Ghislaine Maxwell.
Epstein, who died of a suspected suicide in his New York prison cell last year, owned the massive 10,000-acre Zorro Ranch in New Mexico, where he is believed to have attacked young girls and thrown lavish parties for his powerful guests.
“Ghislaine told me out of her mouth to do these things,” Giuffre said in a statement.
Jeffrey told me out of his mouth to do these things to these people. Ghislaine instructed me to do the things I did with Jeffrey Epstein during the very first meeting I had with him. ‘
Richardson, a career politician, was previously charged with having sex with Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Roberts when she was a minor
Roberts named Richardson among several others as men Ghislaine Maxwell told her to have sex with in court documents
Epstein, who died last year of suspected suicide in his New York prison cell, owned the massive 10,000-acre Zorro Ranch in New Mexico, where he is believed to have attacked young girls and thrown lavish parties for his powerful guests
When the allegations first emerged, Richardson, who was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 1997 to 1998 and Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton from 1998-2000 and chair of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, said the allegations were ‘not true at all. ‘
A statement by his representatives to Fox News said: “Governor Richardson has not been approached by any party regarding this lawsuit.
To be clear, in Governor Richardson’s limited interactions with Mr. Epstein, he never saw him in the presence of young or underage girls.
“Governor Richardson has never been to Mr. Epstein’s home in the Virgin Islands. Governor Richardson never met Ms. Giuffre. ‘
Richardson has hosted many powerful world leaders, including Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain, as well as Mexico’s First Lady Margarita Zavala in 2009
The claims all date back to the early 2000s, which is also the time when his co-accused Prince Andrew began doing business in New Mexico with Richardson as part of his role as the UK’s special trade envoy.
In October 2003, the Prince’s trip to New Mexico was front page of the local newspaper, The Santa Fe New Mexican, where the royal family and Richardson exchanged presents – with the governor giving a black concho belt and receiving a wine coaster made by a cousin of the prince, according to the newspaper.
The pair spoke of wanting to increase trade between Britain and New Mexico, with the prince saying he was “ honored to be here. ”
They dined together that evening at Richardson’s house, who told the newspaper that it was the third time he had met the prince after a meeting in 1999 in Turkey. “He just happens to be my friend,” added Richardson.
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