Boggs Paving vice president pleads guilty to fraud

by: Blake Hanson Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

An employee of a construction company accused of defrauding the government appeared in federal court Thursday.
                               
The company's vice president joined other co-workers who have pleaded guilty of fraud.
 
Greg Tucker, who worked as a project manager and estimator for Boggs Paving, didn't answer Channel 9's questions as he left court with his attorney.
 
Tucker agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S Department of Transportation as part of a plea agreement.
 
Federal investigators said Tucker was part of a scheme with his company, Boggs Paving, that scored federal and state funded contracts by saying disadvantaged business enterprises would do some of the work.
 
Court records allege Boggs used another company as a pass through to obtain the work, even putting magnetic stickers with that company's logo over the Boggs logo.
 
Tucker could face a maximum of five years in prison for his role.
 
Boggs' chief financial officer, Kevin Hicks, pleaded guilty Tuesday.
 
Company project manager, Arnold Mann, pleaded guilty last month.
 
It makes three of eight defendants who have pleaded guilty in connection with the $87 million fraud case.

Read our past coverage:

July 26: Paving company facing federal fraud charges recently awarded multimillion-dollar contract

May 9: 9 Investigates: Paving company costing taxpayers $2M, according to NCDOT

Feb. 27: Paving company in heap of trouble over dirt dump

Aug. 26, 2013: Monroe paving company faces federal fraud, money laundering charges

Aug. 20, 2013: 5 indicted in alleged scheme to defraud the government in paving contracts

Dec. 5, 2012: Two accused of large embezzlement scheme against Boggs Paving