Candidate facing felony charges |

Candidate facing felony charges

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A Nevada asphalt contractor already facing a challenge to his tea party candidacy for U.S. Senate has been hit with felony theft and bad check charges in Las Vegas.

Court documents filed Friday show Scott Ashjian is accused of bouncing a $5,000 business check last year.

Ashjian could face up to 14 years in state prison if he’s convicted. A felony conviction would also ban him from running for office.

Ashjian hasn’t responded to messages seeking comment.

He lost his state contractor’s license Wednesday after failing to appear for a disciplinary proceeding about bouncing a check to a materials supplier last year.

Public documents show Ashjian also faces foreclosure on home loans totaling almost $1 million; owes $200,000 to the IRS; and faces several city nuisance actions and liens.