Border Security Camera Investigation
 
POSTED: 10:01 p.m. MDT April 11, 2005

The daughter of Congressman Silvestre Reyes is under investigation in the multi-million dollar government purchase of border security cameras that don't work or don't exist.

As we've reported, Congressman Reyes supports the use of video surveillance cameras along the U.S./Mexico and U.S./Canadian border.

But a new government report shows many cameras are not working, were never installed and/or were used to potentially over charge the government millions.

As of Monday night, we know an investigation by the Office of Inspector General is underway into how International Microwave Corporation received a $200 million no-bid contract to install and monitor the cameras.

Rebecca Reyes, the Congressman's daughter, is IMC's vice president.

"In my viewpoint it's regrettable because I know the kind of work that my daughter does and it's just a consequence of the kind of political climate that we're in," said Representative Silvestre Reyes, (D) El Paso.

In an article by the Washington Post, Reyes denies interceding on IMC's behalf, and the GSA says there's no indication that Congressman Reyes took part in any impropriety.


 
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