Embezzlement trial to remain in Santa Fe County

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SANTA FE (AP) – An attorney representing the owner of a paving company accused of embezzling $1 million from Santa Fe County has lost a bid to move his client’s trial.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that retired District Judge Jim Hall denied a motion Friday requesting the trial for Joe Anthony Montoya head to another jurisdiction.

Defense attorney Sam Bregman argued that any potential jurors in Santa Fe County could have been victims.

Montoya’s trial will proceed Monday.

Prosecutors say Montoya and his wife, Marlene, embezzled money through their company, Advantage Asphalt and Seal Coating.

They say the scheme involved two county employees and took place between 2007 and 2010.

Marlene Montoya pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of bribing a public official and one count of conspiracy to commit fraud.

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