Former APD officer and accused murderer, Levi Chavez, is on the hot seat again. Officials recently received the Ford F-250 truck that Chavez claimed was stolen. According to the Journal (read it here), Chavez stated that he “still had the original, factory keys and its ignition was undamaged when it was recovered in Mexico earlier this year.” Murder, insurance fraud, womanizing; who hired this guy? And the answer is; Albuquerque’s Police Chief, Ray Schultz.
Chavez is alleged to have murdered his wife, Tera Chavez, in October of 2007, because Tera refused to go along with his fraudulent acts. Tera Chavez had told friends and family that if she ended up dead, it was her husband, Levi Chavez. In the documents filed in the civil lawsuit against the City of Albuquerque’s Police Department, Tera claimed that Levi Chavez did not want his truck anymore but a Cadillac. Tera also claimed that Levi and his cop buddies were going to stage the theft of the truck in order to defraud the insurance company. Strange how after Tera’s murder, Levi Chavez bought a Cadillac? Right? Strange?
The Journal stated, “According to state MVD records, the dashboard VIN plate identified in the Mexican police report was registered to a vehicle formerly owned by APD white-collar crimes Detective Pete Dwyer.”… “Dwyer’s truck had been totaled in a 2008 crash on I-25 and had been sold at auction by his insurance company.” Why don’t they disclose “who” purchased the vehicle? Most companies allow the original owner first “dibs” on a stolen recovery. The Journal also fails to mention that Dwyer also served in the APD Auto-theft Unit and was forced to resign as President of the APOA for alleged spending improprieties.
Chief Schultz had knowledge concerning the Union issues and allowed Dwyer to transfer into a cushy job. Why?
Don’t forget Schultz authorized the settlement to the Tera Chavez Estate for $230,000.00.
This is just another example of poor decision making on Schultz’s behalf. One would think that there were other red flags in the Levi Chavez file that Schultz should have seen. Schultz was desperate for numbers and error on the side of bad decision making and hired Chavez. This was just another fine mess that Schultz got the City involved in.
Chief Schultz has a proven past of poor and misguided leadership at best. When is there going to be a “changing of the guard?” Mayor Berry, the Eye told you about the big White elephant on your desk, now you have a pink elephant on your desk; when are you going to take the appropriate corrective action?
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