A paving company facing federal fraud and money laundering charges was recently awarded a multimillion-dollar contract for work at the Monroe airport. City officials said despite concerns, they couldn't stop it.
After years of deals brokered with Boggs Paving, Monroe city leaders decided in 2011 they had had enough.
"We had declared them a not responsible bidder," said city spokesman Pete Hovanec.
Not responsible, officials said, because of Boggs' business performance.
On a road relocation project, officials said Boggs took 191 more days than estimated and charged an extra $748,000.
On another project at the airport, officials said work was completed 325 days later than projected and cost taxpayers an extra $1.9 million than the original bid.
"We have pages and pages of documented overages and discrepancies that we've dealt with, with the company/and we just didn't want to go through that again," Hovanec said.
When bids came in for runway repairs, the city chose another company, even though Boggs was the lowest bidder.
The difference in bids was $12,000, but officials said with Boggs' previous performance, they still felt taxpayers would be saved money.
Officials at North Carolina Department of Transportation sent the city a letter stating that despite officials' concerns, the state wouldn't pay for the project if the city didn't hire Boggs, the lowest bidder.
Drew Boggs lives in a gated Waxhaw community in a $2.2 million mansion, and three of his employees are facing federal charges for fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.
State officials said his projects, in Monroe and the state, will continue as planned.