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Boggs Paving court date changed

A court date for Boggs Paving Inc. has been moved to Nov. 18, according to a notice of hearing filed Nov. 5 at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

The hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. before Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr., and attorneys for Boggs Paving and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are expected to report on where the case stands and whether they are prepared to begin a trial.

Monroe-based Boggs Paving was charged with 29 counts of conspiracy to launder money and defraud the government, wire and mail fraud, and money laundering in connection with 10 years of federally funded road construction contracts that were won by claiming that a certified disadvantaged business enterprise would perform a portion of the work. In fact, the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged in a July 2013 indictment, Boggs performed the work, for which it claimed a $3.7 million DBE credit, and kicked back $375,000 to the DBE, Styx Cuthbertson Trucking Co. Inc. of Wingate.

Boggs Paving pleaded guilty in September to one count of conspiracy, but it was not part of a plea agreement.

Company co-owner and President Carl Andrew “Drew” Boggs III and four of his current or former executives have pleaded guilty to at least one count in the indictment and agreed to cooperate with the investigation. John “Styx” Cuthbertson also pleaded guilty to one count, and charges against his trucking company were dismissed. None of them have yet been sentenced.

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