.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

White collar crime's a dirty business: FBI battles a state load of public corruption

-A A +A
By Carol A. Clark

ALBUQUERQUE — Public officials who are successful, well-respected family men and women risk it all the day they act out of greed. When they cross that line, chances are better than good they will come to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The abuse of power by public officials goes back a long way in this state, said Special Agent Marcus B. McCaskill, with the FBI’s White Collar Crime Program. Their motivation is a desire for more money, more power or both, McCaskill told participants at the FBI Citizens’ Academy Tuesday.

“We get Fs in New Mexico from every ethics group in the nation,” he said. “It’s a universal problem but it is a problem worse in New Mexico. We are in the top five in the nation.”

Special Agent In Charge Thomas C. McClenaghan explained that public corruption is one of the hardest cases to make.

“I think we could put our entire office of 117 agents in this state on public corruption and we wouldn’t be able to cover it all because there is so much,” he said.

McCaskill reviewed a number of such cases investigated by the FBI. From 2004-2007, he worked on the investigative team for the “Midas Touch” case targeting New Mexico treasurers Robert Vigil and Michael Montoya.


If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
info
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:



Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday