- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - An asphalt company’s co-owner faces prison time in a corruption case involving Santa Fe County.

Joe Anthony Montoya of Advantage Asphalt and Seal Coating was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for fraud and conspiracy.

However, District Judge Jim Hall suspended all but three years of the sentence, and Montoya may get out after 18 months due to good behavior and time served.

Montoya’s wife and company co-owner, Marlene Montoya, was sentenced to a suspended nine-year prison sentence plus probation.

Advantage Asphalt was fined about $140,000 and ordered to pay the county approximately $263,000 in restitution. The company was convicted of fraud for billing the county for work it did with the county’s own labor, material and trucks.

A former county official also has been convicted in the case.

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