- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The owner of a paving company accused of embezzling $1 million from Santa Fe County has been found guilty of multiple corruption charges.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1GRKWqQ) that jurors convicted Joe Anthony Montoya on Wednesday of bribing public officials, committing fraud and engaging in conspiracy.

The jury also convicted the Montoya’s company, Advantage Asphalt, of charges involving bribery, fraud and conspiracy. Montoya and his company faced more than 30 charges combined.

A judge immediately ordered the 53-year-old held on a $250,000 cash bond.

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



Marlene Montoya pleaded guilty earlier this month to bribery of a public official and conspiracy to commit fraud.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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