Carl Andrew “Drew” Boggs III, of Waxhaw is one of 140 Americans who received a “full and unconditional” pardon in an Executive Grant of Clemency signed by former U.S. President Donald Trump shortly before Trump’s 4-year term ended on Wednesday (Jan. 20), according to justice.gov.
Boggs was the owner of Boggs Paving Inc., which was chosen to complete a $75 million widen project of Interstate 26 in South Carolina, between Lexington and Calhoun Counties.
Boggs pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy for defrauding the government of more than $88 million, according to fitsnews.com. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
The White House released a statement concerning Boggs’ pardon: “Since his release, Mr. Boggs has rebuilt his company, has employed hundreds of people, and has dedicated countless hours and financial resources to his community.” The White House also announced in a release “the Honorable David Lee and South Carolina Department of Transportation Chairman Tony Cox” supported Boggs’ pardon.
A pardon allows an executive authority to legally forgive someone for a crime, and reinstates rights lost due to their conviction, according to crimemuseum.org. “It is not an acknowledgement of wrongful conviction, just a restoration of the civil status the person had prior to the conviction,” per crimemuseum.org.
In addition to Boggs, three others with ties to North Carolina were pardoned by former President Trump, including Robert Cannon “Robin” Hayes, James Hayes and Patrick Swisher.