Roswell city employee arrested for taking bribes

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Roswell police say 25-year-old Angela Martinez, a former city employee, was brazen.

“She didn’t seem to mind that other people were around when she was doing this,” said Roswell Police Officer Lisa Brackeen.

Martinez, who was a receptionist at Roswell Animal Control for nearly a year, is accused of signing off on a criminal’s court ordered community service hours in exchange for money.

Police say the incident happened in late June and they have the surveillance video to prove it.

“You see the person handing some money over to the receptionist,” said Brackeen.

Because detectives are still investigating the case, they can’t share the video with the public, but they did say what was in it.

According to the criminal complaint, on June 30, video captured Josh Aguirre walking into animal control and asking Martinez to sign his community service card.

Police say Martinez asked Aguirre, “What am I getting?”

He responded, “money.”

As the two talked about the exchange, video shows another employee standing right next to Martinez and a Roswell police officer walking through the room.

“She was actually very brave to do it right in front of people,” said Brackeen.

The criminal complaint says Martinez filled out Aguirre’s paperwork, then handed her $20.

Police say Martinez slid the money into her bra.

“It’s just disturbing to see this occur,” said Brackeen.

In a police interview, Martinez admitted to signing off on Aguirre’s hours, but she claims he told her he would complete them the next day.

Martinez claims she never asked Aguirre for money. He voluntarily gave it to her and she kept it.

Martinez denies signing off for Aguirre’s community service more than once, but investigators say Aguirre’s community service card had been signed by Martinez 11 times, totaling 50 hours.

Roswell police say they’re investigating if Martinez did take bribes from Aguirre more than once and if she did it for anyone else.

Martinez was charged for the bribes and there’s a warrant out for Aguirre’s arrest.

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