Additional Charges For Two Adams County Paving Defendants

Prosecution Of Seven County And Company Employees Sparked By 2008 CALL7 Investigation

A series of additional charges have been filed against two defendants in the Adams County paving scandal --- a prosecution sparked by a series of CALL7 Investigator stories.

CALL7 Investigators questioned whether former Adams County public works contract manager Sam Gomez and public works director Lee Asay received gifts and work on his house in exchange for millions of dollars in no-bid contracts to Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing companies. Both retired or resigned their jobs after the CALL7 stories.

Gomez was charged with eight additional charges of theft and conspiracy to commit theft. His trial has been moved from December to April.

Dennis Coen, former president of Quality Paving, also faces eight additional charges of theft and conspiracy, but his trial is still scheduled to start Dec. 19.

Seven people had been charged in the scandal, including Asay, Quality Paving owner Jerry Rhea, and three lower-level workers at the county and company. One former Quality Paving and one former county employee reached plea agreements, and former Quality Paving employee Louie Schimpf was acquitted of all charges.

A spokeswoman for Adams County District Attorney Don Quick said the case was assigned to new deputy district attorneys, and they determined that additional charges were appropriate.

The trail date for Asay has not been set and Rhea’s trial is scheduled for December but may move.

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