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Some things never change

On what was – if not the worst – in all likelihood one of the worst days of his life, Kevin Hicks still was able to find some humor in the proceedings at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte.

Hicks was awaiting the judge’s arrival for a hearing Tuesday morning in which Hicks was about to plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Department of Transportation and money laundering. A former chief financial officer for Boggs Paving Inc. of Monroe, Hicks had been charged with 26 counts in the U.S. Attorney’s prosecution of Boggs Paving and a minority-owned business, Styx Cuthbertson Trucking Co. Inc., which it accused of conspiring to bid on federally funded road contracts that favored the use of disadvantaged subcontractors without having Cuthbertson do the work it promised, and deliberately hiding the fact that Cuthbertson did not fulfill his contractual role.

Sitting one row in front of Hicks, his attorney, S. Frederick “Rick” Winiker III of Charlotte, turned to discuss what might transpire.

“The (U.S.) Marshals may need to take your fingerprints again,” Wininker told him.

To which Hicks dryly replied: “Well, they haven’t changed.”

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