N.M. Majority Leader Caught
In yet another sordid case of Democrat Party corruption, New Mexico House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton, an Albuquerque Democrat, is being investigated for alleged racketeering, money laundering and receiving kickbacks. Agents with the New Mexico Attorney General’s office executed a 32-page search warrant on Stapleton’s residence and employer–Albuquerque Public Schools (APS)–looking for evidence.
According to the warrant, Stapleton funneled more than $5 million from APS through a fictional company called Robotics Management Learning Systems LLC into four businesses and charities she was directly connected with, dating back to 2006, including A Taste of the Caribbean restaurant, which she owns. Shockingly, the warrant shows 57 checks, each for more than $300,000, were sent to the restaurant from the robotics company.
In another development, the AG’s office told KOB-TV in Albuquerque that it’s possible that past and present leadership at APS were aware of the scheme, but did nothing to report it because of the influence Stapleton had in the Legislature in obtaining funds for the schools. Stapleton has served as House majority leader since 2017 and as a member of chamber for 27 years. Here’s the rest of the story from KOB.
Breaking news: KOB is reporting that 12 employees from APS were placed on paid leave pending an internal investigation into Stapleton. Luis Robles, the outside counsel for APS, says investigators are actively looking into the role that other APS employees may have played in assisting Stapleton and her alleged misconduct. Stapleton is among the 12 employees on leave with pay.