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8:07 am
Thu July 11, 2013

NM Homeland Security Rocked By Slander Charges

The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has been rocked by allegations of slander and harassment from a former investigator.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a New Mexico district court heard Wednesday a case involving former intelligence analyst Victor Javier Marquez. He is seeking a restraining order against the department's chief counsel for alleged slander and a pattern of harassment.

According to Marquez, he left his position in May because of ongoing harassment, retaliation and a "hostile work environment."

But Cabinet Secretary Gregory Myers called the complaint "ridiculous claims from a disgruntled former employee."

The case is the latest of several complaints filed by employees in the last year against top administrators at the department.

Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican.

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