ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Authorities are investigating longtime New Mexico legislator Sheryl Williams Stapleton’s possibly illegal connections to a company that received more than $5 million in contracts to do business with the school district where she works and whether she got financial kickbacks.
Authorities executed search warrants at the Albuquerque Public Schools offices and Stapleton’s home this week as part of a criminal investigation into alleged racketeering, money laundering, illegal kickbacks and possible violations of a law governing the conduct of state lawmakers.
No charges have been filed against Stapleton, the Majority Leader and No. 2 Democrat in the state House and a member of the chamber’s education committees. Stapleton, a former teacher, began serving in the New Mexico Legislature in 1995.
She also oversees career technical education for Albuquerque Public Schools, the largest school district in the state and the top employer in Albuquerque. The district serves about 20% of public school students in New Mexico.
A call to Stapleton’s home went unanswered Wednesday, and she did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press. Her legislative office said it had no information. more here