SANTA FE, N.M.—An Albuquerque developer has pleaded guilty to defrauding a federal program designed to steer work to businesses owned by disabled veterans.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 63-year-old Max R. Tafoya entered his plea Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque.

A plea agreement says Tafoya will be required to serve 57 months in prison. His 41-year-old son-in-law also pleaded guilty to related charges and agreed to a 37 month term.

Prosecutors say Tafoya falsely claimed his Tafoya Construction Inc. was qualified to participate in the program. The company won $11 million in contracts, including at the Santa Fe National Cemetery and military cemeteries in Texas, Denver and Missouri.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports ( another Tafoya firm owns the vacant St. Catherine Indian School property in Santa Fe.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican,