Father, son-in-law sentenced for federal fraud

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The owner of an Albuquerque-area construction company and his son-in-law were sentenced Thursday for defrauding a federal program for veterans.

Max Tafoya, 61, and 41-year-old Tyler Cole, of Los Ranchos, were charged in 2012 for obtaining almost $11 million in federal contracts by falsely claiming the business was run by a disabled vet.

That claim gave the company an edge over other companies.

Tafoya was sentenced to nearly five years in prison. Cole will serve three years.

Tafoya will also be responsible for paying back more than $1 million in restitution.

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