Businessman sentenced in fraud case

Joe Montoya
Joe Montoya

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A Santa Fe businessman convicted of stealing nearly $1 million of taxpayer money in a pay to play scheme is going to prison.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Joe Montoya was sentenced Monday to 18 years with 15 suspended. The sentence means he will serve three years.

Montoya, who owned Advantage Asphalt, was convicted in December for bribing public officials, fraud and conspiracy for giving kickbacks in exchange for public contracts.

He also used county equipment and materials to complete county jobs he was paid for.

Montoya’s wife had pleaded guilty for her role in the case. She will serve five years probation and pay restitution.

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