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 ( http://bit.ly/1bD6ZDh) another Tafoya firm owns the vacant St. Catherine Indian School property in Santa Fe.
Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com