FBI Albuquerque Division experts responsible for public corruption investigations have launched an educational and media campaign in southern New Mexico this week.
Similar to a public corruption outreach effort conducted in Albuquerque and northern New Mexico in 2013, the message is simple: Call the FBI if you suspect a government official is using his or her office for private gain, such as taking bribes.
“The FBI has zero tolerance for public corruption,” said Derek Fuller, FBI assistant special agent in charge for criminal matters. “No matter where you are in New Mexico, urban or rural, if you think public corruption is going on, call us, and we will look into it.”
In addition to taping an interview for Las Cruces cable channel CLC-TV 20, FBI officials will give interviews to southern New Mexico media outlets as the first part of an ongoing effort to publicize the FBI’s anti-public corruption program.
The FBI is working closely with its federal, state, local, and tribal partners to combat public corruption at all levels of government. If a tip comes in to the FBI about wrongdoing and it is determined the investigation could be better handled by another agency, the information will be forwarded to that agency.
The FBI Albuquerque Division’s public corruption hotline is 505.889.1580. Leave a message, along with your name and phone number, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
Residents also can send a report of public corruption electronically by going online to https://tips.fbi.gov.
For more information, including links to online questionnaires that can be used to identify public corruption, visit our Report Public Corruption webpage.