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Audit: Corrections Department waived fees for film crew

Audit: Corrections Department waived fees for film crew

The Associated Press
March 11, 2017 02:30 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A state audit suggests mismanagement in the state Department of Corrections allowed a documentary crew to fail to pay fees to gain access to prisons.

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The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Thursday that a newly released audit by the State Auditor's Office suggests Department of Corrections Deputy Secretary of Administrations Alex Sanchez waived $20,000 worth of fees a production company should have paid to the state in order for film a documentary series about corrections officers.

Sanchez worked as a spokeswoman for the department from 2013 to 2015. She left briefly to work in the private sector before returning to the department in her higher role.

Corrections Secretary David Jablonski, who was appointed in October, says he is working to correct deficiencies found in the audit.

 Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://bit.ly/2ngV2jb

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