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Three Pleaded Guilty in SC DOT Corruption Scandal

And one is a boss...

Patrick Gentry
March 20, 2017 - 15:03 pm

Two former South Carolina Department of Transportation employees and a former contractor have pleaded guilty to multiple charges following a public corruption investigation.

The three were stealing traffic signal equipment from SCDOT and selling it for personal financial gain. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said the charges stem from an ongoing multi-year investigation with the help of the State Law Enforcement Division.

Wilson says:

-  Joe Edward Butler, a former SCDOT inspector, pleaded guilty to four counts of receiving anything of value to influence action of public employee and to acceptance of rebates or extra compensation

- Allen Kent Ray, a former SCDOT contractor, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to criminal conspiracy and to offering money for advice or assistance of a public official. 

-Curtis C. Singleton, former head of SCDOT's signal shop in District 1, pleaded guilty to use of an official position or office for financial gain, receiving anything of value to influence action of a public employee, official misconduct in office, acceptance of rebates or extra compensation, four counts of receiving anything of value to influence action of a public employee, official misconduct in office, and acceptance of rebates or extra compensation.

Sentencing has been "deferred to a different date," according to Wilson's press release.