Update: NM agencies investigate found files
As an update to an incident previously reported, Gerald Garner Jr. reports:
After learning that a handful of sensitive documents had been “discarded” in a local dumpster, Socorro County and county housing authority officials launched an investigation into the matter.
In a joint agency press release — issued Monday, Sept. 28 — officials contend the files were not trashed by either agency.
“A joint Socorro County-Housing authority investigation has concluded that the files in question were never disposed of by the County or Housing Authority in the Otero Street dumpster,” the release states. “Rather, it appears that the files were removed from County or Housing Authority storage then turned over to Channel 7 News.”
Officials are looking into the possibility that the “concerned citizen” who allegedly found the files in the dumpster may have been involved in removing them from storage and whether the incident might involve retaliation by a disgruntled employee.
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