Former transportation department employees to enter pleas - Tucson News Now

Former transportation department employees to enter pleas

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two former city Transportation Department employees suspected of using city materials and equipment on private construction jobs will enter guilty pleas next month, attorneys announced Monday.

The plea agreements will be finalized once city officials determine how much restitution should be paid by Kurt Hough and Robert Palomarez, Assistant Arizona Attorney General Michael Jette told Pima County Superior Court Judge Michael Miller.

Jette did not reveal the exact terms of the agreements. A hearing was set for Feb. 19.

Hough and Palomarez were among five transportation supervisors and workers who resigned or were fired on Sept. 6 after an investigation revealed that several private construction jobs were done by city workers on city time.

Hough and Palomarez are both charged with conspiracy and illegal control of an enterprise. In addition, Hough is facing four counts of theft, and Palomarez is facing seven counts of theft.

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