Worker fired, accused of cashing in copper wire

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  A worker at an Albuquerque electric contractor lost his job after police say he was caught taking copper wire from the company’s warehouse and recycle it for cash.

According to a criminal complaint, a day after asking to take wire out to a job site, GPS tracking in his truck showed James Hancock was in Santa Fe at a scrap metal company.

The owner of the scrap metal company told APD detectives that Hancock had been bringing in copper for three years and showed them about $1,000 worth of wire that he had brought in the other day.

The contractor, Bixby Electric, identified the wire as belonging to the company.

Hancock was fired and a warrant was put out for his arrest. He’s being charged with embezzlement and fraud.

 

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