Regional
3:26 pm
Fri November 19, 2010

NM Union Sues Over Madoff Ties

New Mexico – New Mexico's main teachers union is suing a Texas investment firm, saying its connections with convicted Wall Street swindler Bernie Madoff led to $25 million in losses from state investments and a teachers pension fund.

The National Education Association of New Mexico accuses Austin Capital Management of failing to exercise due diligence.

Attorney Geoffrey Ritts, representing Austin Capital's Ohio-based parent company, KeyCorp, declined comment.

The lawsuit says Austin Capital began investing in a hedge fund managed by Madoff in 1997, and by 2008, 7.5 percent of a main fund was invested with him.

After Madoff's arrest in December 2008, the complaint says Austin Capital learned it had lost about $186 million including $10 million from the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board and $15 million from the State Investment Council.

___

Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.