Former state lawmaker indicted – Albuquerque Journal
Former State House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton has been charged with 28 counts, including racketeering, money laundering and fraud for his alleged role in channeling money earmarked for vocational education in Albuquerque public schools for personal business interests.
Indictment charges Williams with one count of racketeering, five counts of money laundering, soliciting or receiving bribes and having an illegal interest in a public market, among other charges .
The charges stem from an APS contract with Robotics Management Learning Systems LLC, a Washington DC-based company that has been providing software and training to vocational students for more than 15 years at a cost of more than $ 5 million.
Williams oversaw the contract and investigators believe she embezzled more than $ 950,000 from Robotics into her personal and work accounts.
Stapleton, through her attorney, said she was innocent of any criminal charges and intended to clear her name.
Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a statement: “The investigation focused on protecting students and funding for their educational services, as public officials must act in the best interests of students; and our office looks forward to bringing this case to a jury trial. “