The Piercing Truth

This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes

Aug 10, 2013

The Sigala Affair gets Complicated....



In April of 2012, we reported how because of excessive spending by then APOA President Joey Sigala, the New Mexico State Police had opened up an investigation into his conduct. President Sigala and Vice President Felip Garcia (now sergeant TJ Wilham's unit the Real Time Crime Center) promptly resigned. In the weeks following Sigala was arrested for a domestic violence incident but because his wife refused to testify the case was dismissed this past December.
It now seems things have caught up to Mr. Sigala. While the investigation by the NMSP continues, they have confirmed Sigala is the target of criminal charges (Here: http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/ex-exec-charged-with-defrauding-cop-union).
 
We at the Eye have been reporting what our Eyes have been telling us for years since recently fired APOA employee Ron Olivas was the APOA president that from him through at least Sigala and possibly Weber, that the APOA President and Vice President looked upon union funds as their own personal expense account and their positions full of additional benefits where they could work extra time however and whenever they saw fit to.
 
But as with all financial crimes, the hard questions are now going to come forward. Who else knew about Sigala and Garcia's activities? Why did they not step forward and do the ethical thing? And if there are persons who should've known, why are they still in positions of trust within the APOA? For instance, current Treasurer Matt Fischer co-signed checks for work claimed to have been done by Sigala. Does Fischer not have a duty to safeguard the membership's funds even when confronted by Sigala? And what of Weber, during the course of the audit, was similar activity not found out concerning Olivas and didn't Weber have a duty to do what is right? And what of then and current Vice President Shawn Willoughby?
 
And regarding Garcia and Schultz, did they not benefit as well? How many times did Sigala bring his tag along Garcia on double dipping activities? And how many times was Schultz in a position to know that Sigala was falsely claiming work time while they shared "meetings" together over meals...

While only the members and executive board of the APOA can answer these questions voluntarily, we know that given the scale of charges facing Sigala, it is not a questions of IF he will roll on cohorts, but WHEN. Surely, Sigala is not going to take the hit for everybody.

We told the members over a year ago that an opportunity was going to present itself where they could step up and do what's right for all the members, or they could remain silent and protect the few. It is now apparent the less noble option has been taken.  We hope that current APOA President Stephanie Lopez is informed enough of the legacy of corruption and mistrust she has inherited and wise enough to know that covering up the crimes of others is just as bad as committing them...

 
 

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

KARMA.

Anonymous said...

So Fisher signs checks that Sigal presented to him. Matt you are the stupidest Treasurer EVER or you're hands are dirty also..

A Voter said...

Why is it that Paul Heh and Pete Dinelli step right up and call it like it is about what is going on with the city. These two men are not afraid to comment on hard issues but the clown who is supposed to be running the show is hiding from any media contact that his handlers can't control. That is pathetic. This shows Berry is no leader. He is a fake. Vote this fraud out in October. Show your voice and make a change!

Anonymous said...

Nothing complicated about it. The man is a thief and a liar.

Conspiracy Theorist said...

Charges like these result in tens of years of prison time... UNLESS you roll over on people. If Joey was smart, he would say what they want, and roll over on Schultz.
Because if Joey goes in there and says what he has been saying, this could be a conspiracy. Maybe they will indict the both of them. Joey needs to think about himself now. screw the others and Schutlz....
Isn't that right Joey? Poor little Mijo Filiberto! Is it true that they have enhanced bank records showing you stealing the money?
Karma IS a bitch and it isn't even close to coming around yet.

Anonymous said...

Isn't stealing money and defrauding union members a federal offense?

Anonymous said...

Has Joey been arrested????

Anonymous said...

You always know a sore spot and open wound has had salt sprinkled on it when there are few comments on it like this one...shameful.

Anonymous said...

You are damn strait! It's obvious when these punks get slapped in the face with the cold hard facts along with the filthy truth. Hopefully all of these crickets with nothing to say who stood by and watched this shit go on choke on it also. THEY ALL KNEW!

Anonymous said...

I hope the inmates make a condom out of little joey.

Anonymous said...

Its a misdemeamor charge . Nothings going to happen