ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The state has launched an investigation into the Albuquerque Public School Board Vice President. The Public Education Department is concerned Dr. Analee Maestas may have doctored a receipt to cover up using school money to pay for a cleaning job at her house.
Maestas is the Executive Director of La Promesa Early Learning Center, a state charter school on Central near Old Coors Road. Her online bio says she’s been there since 2008.
The PED says in a letter to its internal auditors, Axiom Certified Public Accountants, that Maestas had Clean Carpet Care of Albuquerque go to La Promesa to clean carpets. However, PED expressed concern that the company may have actually gone to Maestas’ South Valley home, about a 20-minute drive from the school.
PED released a receipt Maestas submitted when requesting reimbursement for $342.40 from the state.
“It appeared on the face of it that the document had been altered,” said Paul Aguilar, deputy secretary of PED Finance and Operations.
The name and address of the school appear to be written over Maestas’s name and home address.
KRQE News 13 caught up with Maestas at the La Promesa business office.
“It’s an incorrect invoice, that’s for sure,” she said.
Maestas confirmed that was her signature on the invoice but said she did not alter the receipt. Maestas said crews did not clean carpets at her house.
“No, not the carpet cleaning, absolutely not.”
The carpet company confirmed to PED that its copy of the invoice “contains different information than the copy in the school’s files.”
The company also confirmed that “the only work performed was duct cleaning” at the home address in the South Valley.
Maestas said carpets were cleaned at her charter school and she’s done nothing wrong.
“I don’t think so, no, because the work was done at Central.”
News 13 spoke with the owner of Clean Carpet Care, Joseph DiBruno. He provided KRQE with what he said was the original receipt, which lists Maestas’ home address as the location where the company worked.
DiBruno said he so far has been unable to locate any records to show his company has ever done any work at La Promesa Early Learning Center.
Read the letter Axiom Certified Public Accountants below: