DALLAS — An alleged pay-to-play scheme in New Mexico involving former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration was similar to one in New York that resulted in criminal penalties, according to lawsuits filed in state and federal court.

The “New Mexico pay-to-play scheme that forms the basis for this action not only resembles the New York scheme in many respects, but also involves many of the same participants and investments,” according to the lawsuit filed Friday by the state attorney general on behalf of the State Investment Council.

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