"Numerous" Violations In Upcoming Sunland Park Audit

Apr 29, 2012

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's state auditor says a special review of Sunland Park's finances that's nearing completion will reveal "numerous" violations of state law.

Auditor Hector Balderas tells the Las Cruces Sun-News his office plans a second audit to follow up on other possible problems.

The initial audit of the city's finances is essentially complete and going through a final review. Balderas says he plans to brief Gov. Susana Martinez, Dona Ana County District Attorney Amy Orlando and the state's Department of Finance and Administration before making it public.

He expects the report to be released within two weeks.

Balderas says the results could lead to suspensions of Sunland Park officials who are found to have been involved with financial mismanagement or fraud. State law empowers the Department of Finance to make that call.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.