PED takes over Albuquerque charter school’s finances

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The State Public Education Department is taking over La Promesa Charter School’s finances.

They say they found more instances of altered documents and records at the troubled Albuquerque charter school.

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Earlier this year, KRQE News 13 reported about the investigation into the school’s director Annalee Maestas. She was accused of sending a cleaning crew to her house, then changing the $340 receipt to make it look like the job was done at the charter school that gets public funds.

The state auditor looked into it and found evidence that the receipt was altered. The PED then launched an audit. They told KRQE News 13 that Maestas hasn’t showed up for interviews with the department.

They found other problems in the school’s financial records, including more than $1,600 paid for a fence that does not exist.

The PED tells KRQE News 13 some of those records were also linked to then principal Gloria Velasquez.

Velasquez quit last April. PED says they could open an investigation on her as well.

The PED told KRQE News 13 they would like the state auditor to take a closer look at the school.

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