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APS Auditor Axed in Hooky-Playing

By Andrea Schoellkopf
Journal Staff Writer
          Albuquerque Public Schools fired its internal auditor this summer after school police found him spending his work hours at a local casino and an adult video arcade.
        APS spokesman Rigo Chavez said an employee had reported that Michael Kimbrell, the internal auditor since May 2007, had been leaving work each day for several hours without asking for time off, and that he sometimes did not return at all.
        APS police, including chief Bill Reed, followed Kimbrell on six days from June 6 to June 16, where he was observed at the Viewpoint adult video arcade and the Downs at Albuquerque Race Track and Casino over a period of several hours.
        On June 16, three APS officers entered the casino where they viewed Kimbrell playing a slot machine, then met him in the security office where they delivered papers placing him on administrative leave. He was fired June 19, with newly hired superintendent Winston Brooks upholding the action in an appeal, Chavez said.
        Kimbrell had worked for APS since 1993, Chavez said. The internal auditor is responsible for making sure accounts are correct and schools are spending money for the correct purpose, Chavez said.