Gov's former campaign staffer faces federal charges
Posted at: 05/30/2013 10:03 PM
Updated at: 05/30/2013 11:00 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A former campaign staffer for Gov. Susana Martinez is facing federal charges, accused of stealing personal emails of hers and other staffers.
Jamie Estrada was federally indicted Thursday. He is accused of hijacking the Governor's campaign domain name www.susana2010.com and redirecting personal emails for over a year starting in 2011. The indictment states Estrada bought the domain name in 2011 using a pre-paid gift card and a fake name.
"I've been saying all along that these emails were hijacked, stolen and never actually received by the recipient," Martinez said.
Estrada was Martinez's campaign director when she was running for governor in 2009. She says she fired him after just five months, ironically for reading her emails.
"I discovered and finally asked him, do you have access to my emails, can you read my emails and he admitted that he was and did have access to my emails, so I fired him," Martinez said.
Estrada's attorney released a statement from Estrada Thursday afternoon:
"While the U.S. Attorney's allegation of wrongdoing on my part is regrettable, I want to make it clear that I have not broken any laws or done anything improper. Nor was I dismissed from my job as interim campaign manager for Governor Martinez. Everyone knows that "the best defense is a good offense.
Individuals in whom the public has placed its trust have come after me in an attempt to divert attention from their own improper actions, including the suspected Albuquerque Downs Racino bid rigging. I have every faith that not only will I be found innocent, but also that this attack on me will result in exposure of the true wrongdoers, once and for all."
Estrada is also charged with making false statements to the FBI.