ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office detective who is paid to uncover the truth was recently fired for forging a document and submitting it to her superiors, according to records.
Jamie Fassler, 35, was a crime scene detective who’d spent six years with the department. In late May, she flew from Albuquerque to San Marcos, Texas, near San Antonio to attend a course on skeletal death investigation - crucial training for CSI detectives.
County taxpayers paid $1,574 for Fassler’s trip, including course fees, airfare, hotel and meals.
However, Fassler missed one full day of the training, so she didn’t complete the course. But that’s not what she told her bosses.
When she arrived in Albuquerque, she handed her supervisor a legitimate-looking certificate of completion. But for reasons Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston refused to talk about, someone in the department thought something was fishy about the certificate and opened an investigation.
Turns out, that person was right.
News 13 obtained a copy of the certificate Fassler submitted, as well as a copy of a real certificate awarded to those who successfully completed the course. The differences were obvious.
First, the logo for the school that taught the course is different. Not only that, but the school changed its name last year from the “Texas Engineering Extension Service” to the “Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.” Fassler had the old name and logo on the certificate she provided.
Two months after she came back from Texas, BCSO fired Fassler. Houston wouldn’t comment on the case because Fassler is appealing her firing in hopes of getting her job back.
However, Fassler won’t only have to convince Bernalillo County to take her back, she’ll also have to regain her law enforcement certification from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board.
Jack Jones, board director, declined to answer questions about Fassler’s case because his agency is still investigating. Still, when asked if he’d take seriously allegations about an officer falsifying certifications, Jones said, “Absolutely.”
“He’s impugned his integrity,” he said. “He’s impugned his honesty. He’s impugned the profession as a whole. The public needs to trust us.”
Jones said such actions would also “absolutely” rise to the level of revocation of a certification.
News 13 tried for weeks to reach Fassler for comment. Finally, a reporter and photographer caught up with her outside a BCSO promotion ceremony two weeks ago, but she declined to comment.
“I don’t really talk to the media,” she said.
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