State Auditor Brian Colón
ALBUQUERQUE – This morning State Auditor Brian Colón announced the launch of a special audit to conduct an investigative examination of $1.7 million in settlement payouts by the General Services Department.
The special audit was designated as a result of severe allegations regarding the process in which GSD handled the settlement payouts. Auditor Colón issued the following statement on the matter:
“These expenditures represent large sums of taxpayer money disbursed by the General Services Department. I’m concerned by the lack of transparency, the extreme length of confidentiality of the settlement terms, and the timing of these settlements. A lot of work happens behind the scenes when the state is faced with complaints that result in payouts and it’s important they are reached only after extensive investigations are complete and that the process is not used as a means by anyone in a position of authority or power to abuse the process, at the expense of the hardworking taxpayers of New Mexico.”
New Mexicans concerned about potential instances of fraud, waste, and abuse should contact the Office of the State auditor. Reports may be made anonymously through our website at www.saonm.org or by calling 1.866.OSA.FRAUD. Speak to an investigator by calling 505.476.3800.