ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - All the hot concerts came through Albuquerque last summer, but one county employee is accused of getting his sweet seats for free.
Now sheriff's deputies are looking into his actions.
Cisco Padilla, who works for the Bernalillo County Clerk's Office, got box tickets through a premium-sales representative for Live Nation, the group that brings concerts to the Isleta Amphitheater south of Albuquerque.
Padilla got tickets to Lil Wayne, Luke Bryan, Train and Kid Rock. His box seats also gave him access to his own wait staff, premium parking and a VIP Club.
Last July and August, he gave the sales rep four personal checks to cover the cost of the tickets. They were some pricey tickets: $200 for Kid Rock seats, $300 for two Luke Bryan tickets, $400 for Lil Wayne and $650 for an unknown number of seats for Train. In all the tickets cost $1,600.
But the Live Nation rep says all four checks bounced. Padilla is even accused of selling two of those concert tickets he never paid for.
Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies are investigating him for fraud. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded on to the District Attorney's Office for possible charges.
When he tried to work out the problem with the company, even offering to make good on the tickets with a cashier's check, he used his Bernalillo County work email. Padilla is an election projects supervisor in the clerk's office and has worked there since March.
"Mr. Padilla has been given a verbal reprimand," said Bureau of Elections Administrator Rebecca Martinez. "He has been directed to no longer use county email for personal use."
Bernalillo County is no stranger to controversy over concert tickets. Two years ago, KRQE News 13 investigative reporter Larry Barker uncovered Bernalillo County's top officials accepting more than $80,000 in free concert tickets from Live Nation.
That freebie deal has since stopped.
KRQE News 13 tried contacting Padilla by email and phone asking for comment. He has not responded.
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