Crime & Courts

Boggs Paving pleads guilty to minority-contractor fraud scheme

The final defendant in the Boggs Paving scandal – the company itself – has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the federal government.

The company and its top executives were indicted in July 2013, accused of bilking the federal government out of $87 million in highway contracts by exaggerating the role of a minority subcontractor.

Since then, company CEO Drew Boggs and four of his executives have pleaded guilty. So has the owner of a minority trucking firm in Wingate who took part in the 10-year scheme in exchange for kickbacks. All await sentencing.

Boggs has been active across the Carolinas but has been suspended from new contracts by both highway departments since the indictment. Michael Gordon