ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque community center maintenance man is under investigation by the city for allegedly conducting a side business during work hours, a city spokesperson said.
Manuel Anaya, who has worked for the city for 21 years, is in charge of maintenance at the Jack Candelaria Community Center in Albuquerque's South Valley. However, he also doubles as the facility's main boxing trainer, according to community center employees.
That job is not within his maintenance duties, and Anaya never asked or received permission to do that job, according to a statement from the city's Department of Family and Community Services. Anaya is paid about $28,000 a year to perform maintenance.
The community center features three boxing rings, weights, punching bags and other amenities, and is free for city residents.
An employee at the center told a News 13 producer that Anaya trains fighters Monday through Friday, from about 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The man also said fighters pay Anaya for the training.
"If you fight, yeah the fighter, I don't know how, he gets something out of the purse, a percentage," the employee said.
Another News 13 employee spoke to Anaya last week, who confirmed that he trains professional boxers.
"The facility's free," Anaya said. "But every trainer here has their own type of deal going on -- you see what I mean? The city owns the facility but they don't own the trainers."
The city received an anonymous tip recently about Anaya training on city time. The Albuquerque Inspector General then launched an investigation into his alleged actions. The investigation is expected to take several months.
Anaya was notified last week that he's under investigation. But the city said he is not on leave from his city job.
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