- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Martin Luther King Jr. Commission has voted to eliminate its executive director position, a decision that cuts payroll costs and ousts its top staffer amid fraud and embezzlement allegations.

The commission voted 8 to 3 during a meeting Tuesday to remove executive director Kimberly Greene’s position and that of a programming coordinator who works on the commission’s budget.

Commissioners say there’s no longer funding for the positions because the agency has exceeded its budget.

The commission promotes diversity and organizes events around Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The state attorney general is investigating the commission and search warrants show what’s believed to be a forged invoice for more than $51,000 and checks issued to Greene.

The state auditor says the commission has been on an “at-risk” list for two years for failing to file required audits.


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