- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The owner of a paving company convicted of embezzling $1 million from Santa Fe County will not have to spend the holidays in jail.

A state District Court judge allowed the release of Joe Anthony Montoya on bond Monday.

The release was approved after Montoya’s sister posted a property bond with her Taos home.

The judge also ordered that the 53-year-old be electronically monitored and not leave the state.

A jury last week convicted Montoya of bribing public officials, committing fraud and engaging in conspiracy.

Prosecutors say Montoya and his wife, Marlene, involved two county employees in an embezzlement scheme that took place between 2007 and 2010.

Montoya’s defense attorney says he plans to appeal the conviction.

The 53-year-old is due to be sentenced in four to six weeks.

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