How Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano's financial troubles got the best of him
Created by aschirtz on Dec 7, 2010
Last updated: 02/22/11 at 10:56 AM
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SFR reports that Solano's total eBay sales of protective vests, office supplies, cell phones and other police equipment over the past 3 1/2 years total more than $13,000.
First Judicial District Attorney Angela "Spence" Pacheco conflicts the Solano investigation out to Clovis DA Matthew Chandler. (Photo: NM District Attorney's Assn.)
A new development surfaces: According to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, which began investigating Solano several months prior to his resignation, he sold not only used but also new county equipment online.
The day before Thanksgiving, Solano announces his resignation in a public statement. He admits that, for the past few years, he has taken old or used equipment from the Sheriff's Office and sold it on eBay for personal gain.
Greg Solano receives his final paycheck as Santa Fe County Sheriff. His total wages before taxes, according to county records, are $505,568.86.
Solano posts the legend of La Llorona on his final blog post.
In the MRC Receivables case, the First Judicial District Court orders Antoinette Solano to be paid 75% of her usual salary at the State Records Center & Archives. The rest will go to satisfy her debt of $1,026 to MRC Receivables.
Greg Solano announces that he will no longer run for Lieutentant Governor of New Mexico. He contrasts the amount he has raised (approximately $20,000) with his opponents' much bigger war chests. (Sheriff Greg Solano Blog)
In his blog, Greg Solano dispels reports that he will receive a 50% raise.
Greg Solano travels to a white collar crime conference in Memphis. (Sheriff Greg Solano Blog)
Greg Solano's early endorsement of then-Undersheriff Robert Garcia as his successor.
The Solanos and then-Undersheriff Robert Garcia and his wife go fishing. Solano writes on his blog that the cabin they stay in costs between $130-150 per night, and fishing costs another $20. (Sheriff Greg Solano Blog)
"...is a Poor Sheriff," the title of Greg Solano's blog post on the indictment of Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona reads. He goes on to explain that being sheriff is no way to getting rich...
Greg Solano's heartfelt post about his son's DWI. (Sheriff Greg Solano Blog)
Greg Solano officially announces that, despite whispers from the punditry, he will not run for US Congress—but will continue in the Lt. Gov. race.
Greg Solano announces his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor in the 2008 race. (Sheriff Greg Solano Blog)
Santa Fe County approves pay raises for Sheriff's Office deputies. (Sheriff Greg Solano Blog)
Greg Solano rides at the Bell Ranch. (Sheriff Greg Solano Blog)
Greg Solano on the indictments of fellow officers. (Sheriff Greg Solano Blog)
Greg Solano assumes the presidency of the New Mexico Sheriff's and Police Association.
Greg Solano's thoughts on money, politics and corruption. (Sheriff Greg Solano Blog)
Greg Solano blogs about two local media outlets' disparate responses to his financial situation. Later in the post, he writes, "I ran for Sheriff because I wanted to make a difference not to get rich. I am a public servant and my $65,000 salary is not enough to ever get rich." (Sheriff Greg Solano Blog)
According to County records, Greg Solano receives his first pay raise since taking office—of approximately $685 per month.
Greg Solano blogs about police ethics. (Sheriff Greg Solano Blog)
Greg Solano's thoughts on transparency and openness in the face of DWI fatalities. (Sheriff Greg Solano Blog)
Greg Solano blogs about former Democratic candidate for state auditor Jeff Armijo's embattled campaign. (Armijo was accused of sexual misconduct and ultimately withdrew from the race.) (Sheriff Greg Solano Blog)
After the Solanos' trip to Las Vegas and the World Series of Poker, the Albuquerque Journal publishes two articles about Greg Solano's interest in poker. (Sheriff Greg Solano Blog)
During a trip to Las Vegas, Greg Solano visits the World Series of Poker and blogs about his adventures.
The Bank of New York sues Greg and Antoinette Solano for foreclosure.
Greg Solano is reelected as Santa Fe County Sheriff.
SFR, the Santa Fe New Mexican and Albuquerque Journal North endorse Greg Solano for Santa Fe County Sheriff.
In a default judgment, the First Judicial District Court orders Antoinette Solano to pay $1,317.71 to satisfy her debt to MRC Receivables, plus interest.
After this date, according to court records, the Solanos will make no further payments on the mortgage they signed less than a year ago, in June 2005.
Greg Solano blogs about the bullet resistant vests that will later make him infamous.
Greg Solano starts his blog. He will later become known as the "blogging sheriff."
MRC Receivables Corp., a debt buyer, sues Antoinette Solano for an unspecified debt of $970.71.
After two years in office, Greg Solano and his wife, Antoinette, sign a 30-year, $197,000 adjustable rate mortgage for a house on Willow Way, in Santa Fe. The interest rate is set at 8.25% until July 2008.
According to Santa Fe County records, Greg Solano receives his first paycheck as sheriff—for $2,284.54.
Greg Solano takes office as the new Santa Fe County Sheriff. His starting salary is $59,400—an approximately $8,000 raise over his predecessor, Ray Sisneros.
Greg Solano is elected Santa Fe County Sheriff, defeating Roy Dennis of Edgewood.
Greg Solano defeats Charlie Dalton and Glenn Holmes in the Democratic primary for Santa Fe County Sheriff.
In the course of his second run for Santa Fe County Sheriff, Solano raises $20,355 and spends $20,096, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
Sam's Club sues Greg Solano and his family business, Turquoise Trail Mail Center, Gifts and Videos, for writing a worthless check for $491.32 in 1997. (Wikimedia)
In a close race for the Democratic nomination for Santa Fe County Sheriff, Solano loses to veteran Raymond Sisneros.
A check from the Solanos' family business to Sam's Club for $491.32 is returned for insufficient funds. (Wikimedia)
After losing a bid for reelection as president of the Police Officer's Association, Solano retires from the city's police department. He opens a small business, Turquoise Trail Mail Center, Gifts and Videos, with his wife. (image from Solano's blog)
Meanwhile, at the Santa Fe Police Department, Greg Solano is promoted to sergeant and elected president of the Santa Fe Police Officer's Association. (image from Solano's blog)
Since the July 1990 court order, the Solanos have not paid Norwest Financial the $1,500 they owe on the car loan. The court therefore orders Greg Solano's wages garnished. As a police officer, he's only making $1,212.86 a month, after taxes. Garnishment means his wages will be reduced by 75%, with the rest used to pay the car debt—which by now has risen to $2,047.78.
First Judicial District Judge Patricio M. Serna orders the Solanos to pay $1,500.96 to Norwest Financial for their 1987 car loan. Interest is already accruing.
Norwest Financial New Mexico, the company that loaned the Solanos money to buy the Yugo, sues them for $2,015.12.