BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A former Adams County construction manager who pleaded guilty to theft of county funds in a paving scandal has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Samuel Gomez was charged as part of an investigation into allegations that road contractors Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing billed the county for work it didn’t do. Prosecutors say Gomez had approved invoices from Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing from 2005 through 2008.

Gomez wasn’t the only one charged in the case. Former Quality Paving owner Jerry Rhea received a nine-year sentence earlier, and former Vice President Dennis Coen received a 13-year sentence for theft-related felonies. Former company employee Heath Russo and former county public works employee Stacey Parkin have pleaded guilty to theft.

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