Sandia Labs employee allegedly used gov’t credit card for Amazon purchases

THE HOME OF A SANDIA LABS EMPLOYEE — SEIZING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF GOODS INCLUDING HIS WIFE )S WEDDING RING INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE HE USED HIS LAB-ISSUED CREDIT CARD TO MAKE HUNDREDS OF PURCHASES ON AMAZON — AND TRIED TO COVER IT UP NEWS 13 )S MADELINE SCHMITT REPORTS ACCORDING TO FEDERAL COURT DOCUMENTS — JOSHUA CORDOVA HAD BEEN TRUSTED WITH SEVERAL SANDIA LABS PURCHASE CARDS — OR "P CARDS" — SINCE 2014

BUT AN INVESTIGATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SHOWS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN A BAD IDEA A PRIME SPREE — ALLEGEDLY WITH TAXPAYER DOLLARS FEDERAL SEARCH WARRANTS SUGGEST A SANDIA LABS EMPLOYEE USED HIS GOVERNMENT- ISSUED CREDIT CARD — TO BUY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF STUFF FROM AMAZON TO FILL HIS SOUTH VALLEY HOUSE A SPECIAL AGENT SAYS JOSHUA CORDOVA WORKS IN SANDIA )S ADVANCED FIELD OPERATIONS AND ROBOTICS DIVISION — NATS: ROBOT PROVIDING TRAINING TO MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT THE FEDS SAYS FOR YEARS, CORDOVA HAS BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE JOB- RELATED ITEMS ON HIS P-CARD — BUT A RECENT INTERNAL REVIEW BY SANDIA OF COMPANY CARD CHARGES

TURNED UP RED FLAGS WHAT CORDOVA CLAIMED WAS A TRI- POD, WEAPON MOUNT AND TOOL SET — INVESTIGATORS SAY WAS (ACTUALLY HIS WIFE )S 34-HUNDRED DOLLAR ENGAGEMENT RING THE FEDS SAY IT )S A SIMILAR STORY FOR HER WEDDING BAND — A 55 INCH T-V — BARBER CHAIRS — A TABLE — TIRES — AND A TRAMPOLINE, WHICH AGENTS SPOTTED IN HIS BACKYARD WHILE CONDUCTING SURVEILLANCE

IN TOTAL — IT )S BELIEVED HE SPENT AT LEAST 150 THOUSAND DOLLARS ON 4 HUNDRED AMAZON PURCHASES DELIVERED TO HIS HOME ADDRESS WHEN A SEARCH A SEARCH WARRANT WAS EXECUTED ON DECEMBER 18TH — AGENTS SEIZED MANY ITEMS

INCLUDING HIS WIFE )S RINGS WE VISITED HIS HOME TODAY — NATS: door knocking NO ONE WAS THERE

SO WE CALLED CORDOVANATS: phone ringing HE ANSWERED — NATS "Madeline: All of the allegations in terms of misusing the p-card is it true or not?" BUT WOULD NOT ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION HE ALSO ASKED US TO "WAIT A WEEK" BEFORE RUNNING THIS STORY — SAYING HE STILL HAS TO FACE HIS CO- WORKERS SANDIA LABS OFFICIALS CLARIFIED THAT CORDOVA SUBMITTED A LETTER OF RESIGNATION LAST WEEK CORDOVA, AT THIS POINT, DOES NOT FACE ANY CHARGES — BUT SANDIA SAYS IT IS COOPERATING WITH AUTHORITIES AS THE CASE MOVES FORWARD WE WERE ALSO TOLD SANDIA HAS NO REASON TO BELIEVE CORDOVA )S WIFE WAS INVOLVED IN THE ALLEGED P- CARD FRAUD

MADELINE SCHMITT, KRQE NEWS 13 CORDOVA HAS NO KNOWN CRIMINAL RECORD IN NEW MEXICO