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New Mexico’s state auditor says the city of Albuquerque should ask City Councilor Klarissa Peña for repayment after his office found taxpayers spent triple what regulations appeared to allow for a 2019 trip.
In a letter to Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and the City Council, State Auditor Brian Colón said his office’s review of Peña’s 14-day trip to the East Coast found “several concerning instances of failure to follow and or enforce regulations and policies” that led to more than $4,000 in estimated extra costs.
His office launched its investigation – and a separate travel examination into Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin – in response to complaints it received. It released letters on each Friday, referencing what it calls “potential violations” of city ordinance and regulations in Peña’s case and “potential violations” of county resolution and policies in Griffin’s case.