Regional
10:11 am
Thu December 19, 2013

FBI Targeting Corruption In NM Rural Areas

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it will begin an aggressive campaign to target corruption in New Mexico's rural areas.

Chief Division Counsel Stephan Marshall told reporters Wednesday that the Albuquerque division of the FBI is launching a new initiative to tackle corruption in rural towns.

Marshall says the FBI won't accept the attitude that a certain level of corruption is acceptable.

He says the FBI hopes residents will come forward to report wrongdoing.

In recent years, New Mexico says seen one town where a dozen people, including the town's former mayor and a trustee, plead guilty in the gun smuggling case. Another town was the center of an alleged extortion election plot involving the secret recording a mayoral candidate getting a lap dance.

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