ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico Legal professional General’s investigation of Sheryl Williams Stapleton focuses on a link amongst the previous Dwelling Bulk Chief and a organization identified as Robotics Management Understanding Programs. As Director of profession and complex instruction at the Albuquerque Community Schools, Williams Stapleton is accused of orchestrating lucrative contracts for Robotics to present instructional application to APS students.
Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton Protection / Tale proceeds down below
Even however the college district has compensated Robotics $5.3 million over the last 15 yrs, the only one at APS who appears to be to know anything about the company is Sheryl Williams Stapleton. When an APS staff questioned the company’s services, Williams Stapleton reportedly requested, “Why are you guys wanting into Robotics?”
In actuality, Robotics is form of a ghost.
The Robotics company statements a website, but it’s not operational. And, no one particular can come across an Albuquerque or New Mexico small business license for the agency. Robotics the moment had a small business license in Washington, D.C., but it’s due to the fact been revoked. Robotics lists its CEO as Joseph Johnson.
Robotics directed APS to mail its payment checks to an Albuquerque Post Place of work close to the Airport. Hundreds of 1000’s of dollars flowed from APS to P.O. Box 9323 in Albuquerque. So who owns that Write-up Business office box? A few many years ago, an Unclaimed Home report confirmed a person named David Hendrickson listing Albuquerque Post Business office Box 9323 as his tackle. Potentially it is a coincidence, but A.G. Investigators identify Williams Stapleton’s son as David Hendrickson.
In July, Investigators observed Sheryl Williams Stapleton enter the Airport Submit Office Branch by yourself and use a essential to open up Box 9323.
In May possibly, movie surveillance from Financial institution of America’s East Lomas branch reveals Williams Stapleton negotiating checks published by APS to Robotics. Lender video in July final calendar year captured Williams Stapleton negotiating a $33,000 deposit on behalf of Robotics. And in Oct, the Dwelling The vast majority Chief was yet again caught on digicam negotiating Robotics checks totaling $145,000.
Investigators allege just about a million pounds ($954,386) in APS-Robotics payment checks ended up in bank accounts in which Sheryl Williams Stapleton experienced an fascination.
And APS is not the only Williams Stapleton-Robotics connection. A 2012 KRQE News 13 legislative investigation learned Point out Consultant Williams Stapleton utilizing her lawmaker clout to favor the privately held Robotics.
Condition legislators funnel tens of millions of bucks into jobs that emphasis on overall health, safety, high-quality of lifetime, and economic growth every calendar year. It may be a new fire truck or repairs to a senior citizen’s heart. Lawmakers fork out for these tasks by way of appropriations called funds outlay. You know it better as pork. In just one yr, legislators poured practically $800 million pounds into 3,400 local community projects. We know how significantly politicians expend, but the public is hardly ever advised what genuinely transpires to all that dollars.
For instance, take a shut appear at Capital Appropriation 07-3801. In 2007, no a person in the Legislature questioned Representative Williams Stapleton when she singlehandedly used $50,000 in public money (cash outlay) to buy passenger vans for the African American Accomplishing Arts Center at the Condition Fairgrounds.
Soon soon after the vans ended up bought by the Condition of New Mexico, the motor vehicle titles were mysteriously and illegally transferred to a private company… you guessed it, Robotics. It wasn’t right until KRQE News 13’s 2012 investigation that state officers found taxpayer’s 2007 $50,000 investment decision experienced been hijacked.
“The evidence (KRQE-Television set) served us dig up implies that in point (the) real title of the vans was at just one stage transferred to the non-revenue entity,” then Division of Finance Cupboard Secretary Tom Clifford advised KRQE in 2012. “That’s the place there was a breach of the state’s regulations in phrases of the ideal use of general public assets,” Clifford said. That was 9 several years back. The subject was referred to the Attorney General’s Business in 2012 nonetheless, no charges have been filed in the scenario.
And in 2011, point out lawmakers authorized $73,000 in general public resources to be paid out to Robotics for math and science programming at the Sheryl Williams Stapleton African American Executing Arts Centre. At the time, Robotics had its business office at the Executing Arts Middle on San Pedro NE.
Final thirty day period, soon after APS positioned Williams Stapleton on paid out depart, the veteran lawmaker resigned from the Point out Legislature. In a Search Warrant Affidavit, the Legal professional Normal alleges Williams Stapleton fully commited racketeering, money laundering, received kickbacks, and violated the Governmental Perform Act. Williams Stapleton denies the allegations. To day, no rates have been filed.