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Albuquerque Woman to Receive FBI Director’s Award

FBI Albuquerque December 01, 2009
  • Public Affairs Specialist Frank Fisher (505) 889-1438

On Tuesday December 2, Albuquerque FBI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Carol Lee will present Judith Wagner with the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. The award will be presented at 12:15 p.m. in the ceremonial courtroom (Room 338) of the Second Judicial District Courthouse. Ms. Wagner was selected in large part due to her dogged determination in bringing what has become known as the Metropolitan Courthouse Scandal to light.

With Ms. Wagner’s unselfish assistance, the FBI was able to bring eight individuals to justice for their parts in the $4.3 million scheme to defraud New Mexico taxpayers. Several of those convicted received substantial federal prison sentences. Senator Manny Aragon, once touted as the most powerful politician in New Mexico, was sent to prison for five years.

SAC Lee will present Ms. Wagner with a certificate tomorrow. Ms. Wagner will make comments regarding her participation in the case. In March of next year, Ms. Wagner will fly to Washington, D.C. to participate in a formal ceremony with other recipients where Director Mueller will present crystal awards in recognition of their service and leadership to their communities.

Media access to the event, including video, has been granted by the Second Judicial District Court.