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DA Gets APD Time Card Fraud Case

DA Gets APD Time Card Fraud Case

DA Kari Brandenburg told ABQ Free Press that her office got the case late Monday afternoon and that it is under review. She declined further comment.

Brandenburg Says Case Under Review For Possible Prosecution

BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI

The New Mexico State Police has completed its investigation into possible time card fraud at one of the Albuquerque Police Department’s area commands and has turned the case over to the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.
DA Kari Brandenburg told ABQ Free Press that her office got the case late Monday afternoon and that it is under review. She declined further comment.

A source told the newspaper that the investigative file runs 968 pages.

In a request in May to the state police for details of the probe, ABQ Free Press said a source told the paper that the allegations of impropriety involved a lieutenant and a sergeant at that it dated back to at least August of 2015. The newspaper’s inquiry also said that the source said an officer was allegedly allowed to claim at least 10 hours of overtime each pay period—overtime that was apparently was never worked and for which there was no documentation.

At the time, the state police confirmed the existence of the investigation, but did not release details.

Shortly after the newspaper broke the story about the investigation, the city of Albuquerque’s internal auditor said her office would look into APD’s overtime practices.

“We are going to look at the police department from a control perspective to see if there are internal controls that should have detected this [the alleged fraud], or if there should be controls in place to detect it,” Debra Yoshimura, director of the city’s Office of Internal Audit, said in May.

“It was on our audit plan last year and we did not get to it, but with this recent revelation we decided to put it back on. We suspected there might be problems, and this has brought it up in priority.”

The audit was to begin in early June, Yoshimura said.

 

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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  • Raul Stickypants
    June 21, 2016, 7:35 pm

    Meh.
    So you gave a case against APD to Brandenburg to investigate, or review, or whatever?
    Why not call it what it is?
    "Brandenburg given case to dismiss against two officers who are most likely guilty…"
    That chick like, exists, to rubber stamp all the illegal stuff APD does…..

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  • MS0622
    June 22, 2016, 10:26 am

    State Police, APD, and City Internal Auditors have spent their efforts, resources and tax payer money over two months investigating these allegations that have so far resulted in no critical findings and now the DA is burdened with yet another case to have to review? Perhaps the legitimacy and intent of the source/whistleblower should be the one getting examined and scrutinized.

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    • 27-0 Watcher@MS0622
      June 23, 2016, 4:05 am

      How is it you know what the outcome of those investigations are?

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      • MS0622@27-0 Watcher
        June 23, 2016, 3:38 pm

        If there was any truth to the allegations, I’m certain that APD, State Police and the Office of Internal Audit would have brought resolution to the situation and this wouldn’t still be a news story 2+ months later. Wouldn’t you agree “27-0 Watcher”? It seems to me whenever there’s an unnamed “source” alleging impropriety; it’s usually that person who is the true source of misconduct.

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        • 27-0 Watcher@MS0622
          June 28, 2016, 7:15 am

          No I don’t agree with that at all esp since the police reports aren’t out yet. You’re jumping to conclusions and name one case where the person who was pointing fingers about others wrong doing was in fact the one doing the wrong? How is the "DA burdened" with a case to review? That’s the DA’s job is it not but to receive and review cases from law enforcement and decide to prosecute them?

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