SANTA FE (KRQE) - A former Santa Fe County official has pleaded guilty in a corruption case that bilked the county out of more than $1 million.
Former Public Works Director James Luján pleaded guilty to receiving bribes and conspiracy to commit fraud.
The case also involved Anthony Montoya and his wife Arlene, the owners of Advantage Asphalt.
Luján had steered millions in contracts to advantage for bribes and kickbacks. A lot of the road projects were either not done at all or done on the cheap using county materials and equipment.
The Montoyas still await trial.
Luján faces up to six years in prison under the plea agreement, which also requires him to testify truthfully in pending and future cases.
After leaving the county Luján was hired as the Española city manager, a position he kept after he was indicted in February 2012.
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