City of Albuquerque scammed out of thousands

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – KRQE News 13 has learned that the city of Albuquerque lost a lot of money in a scheme.

KRQE News 13 told you Tuesday how thieves were stealing taxpayer money by posing as vendors and asking government agencies to change the payment paperwork.

According to the State Auditor’s Office, San Antonio Elementary School near Socorro lost $200,000 in the scheme. That money was intended for construction projects.

Thursday, officials said the city of Albuquerque also fell victim, losing $400,000. The city says it was because it agreed to a fraudulent request to change vendor payment information.

Officials say several other agencies nearly fell victim.

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