Unlawful interest in a public contract consists of:   

A.   any public officer or public employee receiving anything of value, directly or indirectly, from either a seller or a seller’s agents, or a purchaser or a purchaser’s agents in connection with the sale or purchase of securities, goods, leases, lands or anything of value by the state or any of its political subdivisions, unless:   

(1)   prior written consent of the head of the department of the state or political subdivision involved in the transaction is obtained and filed as a matter of public record in the office of secretary of state; and   

(2)   subsequent to the transaction a statement is filed as a matter of public record in the office of secretary of state by the purchaser or seller giving anything of value to a public officer or public employee and this statement contains the date the services were rendered, the amount of remuneration for the rendered services and the nature of the rendered services;   

B.   any seller, or his agents, or a purchaser, or his agents, offering to pay or paying anything of value directly or indirectly to a public officer or public employee in connection with the sale or purchase of securities or goods by the state or any of its political subdivisions unless the requirements of Paragraphs (1) and (2) of Subsection A of this section ar [are] complied with.   

Terms Used In New Mexico Statutes 30-23-6

  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
Any person violating the provisions of Subsection B of this section, where such violation forms the basis for prosecution and conviction of a public officer or public employee, shall be disqualified from transacting any business with the state or its political subdivisions for a period of five years from the date of such violation.   

Nothing in this section shall prohibit a public officer or public employee from receiving his regular remuneration for services rendered to the state or its political subdivisions in connection with the aforementioned transactions.   

Whoever commits unlawful interest in public contracts where the value received by him is fifty dollars ($50.00) or less is guilty of a misdemeanor.   

Whoever commits unlawful interest in public contracts where the value received by him is more than fifty dollars ($50.00) is guilty of a fourth degree felony. Any public officer or public employee convicted of a felony hereunder is forever disqualified from employment by the state or any of its political subdivisions.   

  History: 1953 Comp., § 40A-23-6, enacted by Laws 1963, ch. 303, § 23-6.