by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
The president of a local paving company pleaded guilty Thursday morning for his part in a massive government fraud investigation.
Channel 9 was in the courtroom as Drew Boggs admitted to conspiracy and money laundering. As part of his plea agreement, Boggs was convicted of only two of the 29 criminal counts for which he was indicted.
READ: U.S. Attorney's statement on Boggs guilty plea
Still, prosecutors said he could face up to 25 years in prison and may have to pay back some of the money he fraudulently took from government contracts.
Boggs was calm as he walked into the federal court house Thursday to plead guilty to conspiracy and money laundering. In court, the U.S. Attorney called Boggs the organizer and leader of criminal activity involving several people.
Prosecutors said Boggs, three of his top executives and the owner of a trucking business fraudulently obtained more than $87 million in state and federal paving contracts by claiming they were using a minority-owned business.
All of the other men indicted in the case have pleaded guilty, but Boggs remained silent Thursday when Channel 9 asked him to finally address the community that his business serves.
Boggs Paving continues to contract new work with the NCDOT as well as continue to work on the proposed Monroe Bypass.
State officials told Channel 9 NCDOT does not have a direct contract with Boggs but that they are part of a joint venture team.
NCDOT said they have not awarded any new contract to Boggs and that they will review the plea agreement and determine what actions are in the best interest of the public.
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