FBI tackling corruption in rural NM

Updated: 12/18/2013 10:16 PM | Created: 12/18/2013 9:50 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The FBI in New Mexico says there is a new push in the New Year to focus on rural areas of the state to tackle corruption.

"We have made public corruption our number one criminal priority," said Stephan Marshall, Chief Division Counsel for the FBI.

He says the problem in smaller towns is that there is a certain level of "accepted" corruption.  But he says they're not accepting it.

Now, they're hoping that residents will report something if they think it's not right.

"We hear the expression, 'That's the way we do things here,' and it's not," Marshall said.

Marshall says citizens who come forward will of course be protected through whistleblower laws.  The FBI has also reactivated a hotline to report corruption. The number is (505)-889-1580.

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