Inspector General

Welcome to the Inspector General's Office.

Reporting fraud, waste and abuse is the right thing to do!

We strive to promote a culture of integrity, accountability, and transparency throughout the City of Albuquerque in order to safeguard and preserve the public trust.

The Office of Inspector General will accomplish this mission by preventing, detecting, deterring and investigating fraud, waste and abuse, and promoting the efficiency and effectiveness in the programs and operations of the City of Albuquerque

What to Know

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What is a Fraud?

Any knowing deception designed to unlawfully deprive a governmental agency of something of value or to secure a benefit, privilege, allowance, or consideration to which an individual is not entitled. Such practice include, but are not limited to offer, payment, or acceptance of bribes or gratuities; making false statements; submitting false claims; falsifying records; arranging for secret profits, kickbacks, or commissions; and conspiring to use any of these devices. The term also includes conflict of interest cases and criminal activity.

What is Waste?

The extravagant, careless, or needless expenditure of Government funds, or the consumption of government property that results from deficient practices, systems, controls, or decisions.

What is Abuse?

The intentional or improper use of Governmental resources, such as; misuse of position and authority, or the misuse of tools, vehicles, or office equipment.

Latest Reports

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12-09-2015 Case # 16-201 Planning Department

Information was brought to our attention by the Chief Building Official for the Building and Safety Division of the Planning Department regarding allegations of impropriety by a former City Residential Building Inspector with the department. Information surfaced that the former inspector issued several inspection approval tags for a local restaurant job in which he had also performed most of the (unlicensed) plumbing work.

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09-29-2015 Case # 15-203 Advisory Concerning the City's Transit Department

A recent City of Albuquerque, Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation established that a City vendor hired to provide cash management and armored car services, which includes pick-up and deposit of the fares collected via City buses may have potentially defrauded the City for a significant loss of monies intended for deposit for the City of Albuquerque’s Transit Department.

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06-25-2015 Case # 15-202 Donations

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) received a complaint concerning the Department of Family and Community Services. The complainant expressed concerns that the Health and Social Services Centers -- namely John Marshall and East Central -- were not donating items to the community, as they should, and that center employees were keeping some of the items.

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06-10-2015 Case # 14-207 Albuquerque Police Department Body-Worn Camera Procurement

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) was contacted by Councilor Dan Lewis on April 25, 2014, requesting an investigation. Councilor Lewis requested that the OIG look into the actions of the former Albuquerque Police Chief to determine whether or not the Former Chief violated the City’s Conflict of Interest Ordinance in his dealings with TASER International, Inc. (“TASER”). In addition, Councilor Lewis asked that the OIG investigate whether the Former Chief used his influence to assist TASER in its dealings with the City.

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12-18-2014 Case # 14-205 Golf Concessions

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an investigation concerning several issues involving the Concessionaires at the City of Albuquerque’s four (4) golf courses. This investigation was predicated upon a complaint brought to our office by an individual seeking protection under the Whistleblower Ordinance.

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06-25-2014 Case # 204 Water Authority

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an investigation concerning fraudulent payments made to a personal Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (WA) account by a City employee. The investigation was predicated upon information received by the Internal Audit Director that was forwarded to the OIG.

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05-08-14 Case # 14-202 Cash Out

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an investigation concerning shortages of money that occurred at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens. This investigation was predicated upon information received from a City of Albuquerque, Treasury Supervisor.

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02-27-14 Case # 14-201 Recyling Carts

A complaint was brought forth relating to recycling carts recently purchased by SWMD for the current recycling program and citywide rollout of carts. The complaint alleged that there were 5,000 extra recycling carts purchased unnecessarily, which are going unused.

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10-30-13 Case # 13-204 Jack Candelaria Community Center

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an investigation concerning a Department of Family and Community Services (DFCS) employee for alleged misuse of City time during the employee’s work hours. This investigation was predicated upon an email received from a City Council member’s office.

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05-11-12 Case# 12-211 Case Management Issues of DSA Employee

On or about March 1, 2012, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) was contacted by Peter Ennen, Risk Management regarding some issues concerning a Department of Senior Affairs (DSA) employee, which involved case management issues and possible falsification of documents contained in his cases.

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12-21-11 CASE# 12-207 Violence in the Workplace-PRD

On October 27, 2011, Robert Caswell Investigation (RCI) was assigned by the City of Albuquerque, Parks and Recreation Department (PRD) Director, Barbara Baca, to conduct an investigation regarding an allegation of possible violence in the workplace involving PRD1.

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12-08-11 CASE# 12-205 PRD Brass Theft

On October 27, 2011, Robert Caswell Investigations (RCI) was assigned by the Albuquerque City Parks and Recreation Director, Barbara Baca, to conduct an investigation regarding an allegation involving PRD1, Park Maintenance Worker III, Park Management Division.

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