Criminal charges not likely for New Mexico governor

Times Wire Services

Federal authorities are wrapping up an investigation that prompted New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to back away from serving in President Obama's Cabinet, with criminal charges against Richardson and his top aides unlikely, according to three sources familiar with the case.

Justice Department prosecutors in Washington reviewed the case and concluded that an indictment was not warranted, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it was a law enforcement matter.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the status of the investigation, which was first reported by the Associated Press.

Richardson's office said he had been vindicated.

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