Dona Ana district attorney accused of using power to get money

Dona Ana District Attorney Mark D'Antonio

The Dona Ana County district attorney is under fire, accused of using his political power to get money.

A 10-page lawsuit accuses District Attorney Mark D'Antonio of violating the New Mexico Whistleblower Protection act.

The lawsuit has dozens of complaints from a former employee, Marylou Bonacci. Among them: She says D'Antonio asked criminal defendants for money.

The lawsuit claims Bonacci brought several complaints to D'Antonio's attention. It says her work environment turned hostile and she was eventually fired.

According to the lawsuit, D'Antonio asked Bonacci and her friends for money. When one of her friends' family members was arrested for drugs, Bonacci says, D'Antonio offered to dismiss the charges in exchange for a loan. The lawsuit says an FBI investigation was launched.

Other complaints range from unequal treatment of women to questionable hiring practices from 2013-2015.

CBS4 reached out to the district attorney. He sent us the following statement:

“I find these absurd allegations to be conspicuously vague, ill-timed, and a poorly-veiled political attack. As a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor with an unblemished record, I am offended by these vague accusations of corruption — coming years after they are alleged to have occurred. This is not only a calculated attack on me and my family, but it undermines the exceptional work my office does every single day. I urge the public to withhold judgment until the facts of the case are brought to light.”

CBS4 also reached out to Bonacci's attorneys. Our calls were not returned.

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