Recently a former public official was indicted for federal crimes. The crimes this person was charged with involved federal corruptions charges where certain actions were granted, or inactions allowed to stand, in exchange for money, services, and tangible items. According to the charges, this person enjoyed the benefit of cell phones, travel, cash distributions, discounted business services, home improvement material, direct compensation to family members, and seemingly endless payments to reduce overhead. In exchange for these items, the person named in this indictment gave favorable contracts to others, supported certain actions at the expense of others, and manipulated entrusted funds to certain other entities.
While this all sounds like the scandal that has plagued the Albuquerque Police Officers Association, this in fact involves the former mayor of New Orleans: Ray Nagin. What stuns us, is that according to a very quiet local media report, former APOA President Joey Sigala seems to have evaded any charges stemming from the NM State Police investigation into his reported "activities" as the police union president. Our Eyes tell us all of the above items are exactly what occurred while he was in charge of the cash accounts of the APOA.
Given that he was subsequently arrested for domestic violence, and while those charges have since dropped, we have been told that the LEA Board is not considering revoking his peace officer certification. Notwithstanding all of this, there still remains the question of why he was in possession of a stated issued EBT card given all he was making as an APD officer and drawing over $25,000 in additional income as the police union president. The media also reported that the state's Attorney General's office is investigating whether or not fraud was committed to obtain the EBT card (Read it HERE)
Given all that has gone on between Sigala and Schultz we're sure there is something in play between the two. Either way, our Eyes tell us Sigala has been heard boasting about how his return to APD is assured.
But the details over Nagin's recent indictment don't just bear a resemblance to the purported activity by Sigala...they also seem strangely similar to what seems to be brewing in Santa Fe with Governor Susana Martinez. You see, another citizen who refuses to accept the hypocrisy and overt conduct of our two most powerful elected leaders (Berry and Martinez) either. Michael Corwin at the Independent Source PAC (Read it HERE) is awaiting public record documents from Martinez that detail how her husband and administration personnel went paid-for vacation trips to the same Louisiana people involved in the purchase of the ABQ Downs racino...the same facility that Darren White and Dan Mourning now operate. Yet despite a directive from the AG's office, Martinez refuses to release the public records sought by Corwin. Our Eyes also tell us that several cases concerning the denial of public records by the "transparent" Berry administration are already working their way through Bernalillo District court.
Could it be another case of birds of a feather flock together....Sigala, Schultz, Berry, Martinez, White, Mourning, Korn.......?