The state's top securities regulator says a fake audit at the New Mexico Finance Authority went undetected for months and was distributed to investors because of a complete breakdown of the agency's management and oversight.
Securities Division Director Daniel Tanaka told a legislative committee on Thursday the release of the audit with misleading financial information was a "catastrophic systemic failure in the controls surrounding the audit progress."
The authority's ex-controller has been indicted for securities fraud and forgery, but a legislator complained that no other executives are facing criminal charges. A grand jury declined to indict the authority's chief operating officer.
Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, an Albuquerque Democrat, said that "the brother has taken the hit for everyone above him and I think that is so unfair."
Campbell is black.
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