Ex-cop accused of stealing from other cops

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A now-former Albuquerque cop has a record for stealing from his fellow cops.

Joey Sigala was the head of the Albuquerque police officers’ union.

He was accused of paying himself $400 for after-hours union work that he never did. Sigala pled no contest Monday.

The judge gave him six months probation and ordered him to repay the money he stole.

The union believes Sigala stole a lot more than that over the years.

APD fired him after he was arrested for roughing up his wife at their home while on the clock in uniform. That case was dismissed when his wife failed to show up to court.

Sigala became a controversial figure when it surfaced that he had the union give $500 payouts to officers who shot people.

Critics thought that looked like a reward. Sigala insisted it was meant to help those officers take vacations to deal with the trauma of shooting someone.