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Former SCDOT employees plead guilty to public corruption charges

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Columbia, S.C. (WACH)-- South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Monday that three former SCDOT workers plead guilty to multiple charges involving public corruption.

Joe Edward Butler, Allen Kent Ray and Curtis C. Singleton are collectively facing a total of 17 charges after they pocketed money and accepted bribes.

The three men were indicted in 2016, Ray, former SCDOT contractor is charged with accessory after the fact of criminal conspiracy and offering money for advice or assistance of public official.

After a former Field Operations Manager created a road work company with Ray, he then directed money from the state into the company taking more than $360,000

It was alleged that Butler sold agency equipment worth tens of thousands of dollars and kept some money from himself.

He is charged with four counts of receiving anything of value to influence action of public employee and acceptance of rebates or extra compensation.

Singleton demanded contractors give him bribes of around $1,500 each and also told a contract to keep working and he would give him a deal on a truck.

He plead guilty to use of official position or office for financial gain, receiving anything of value to influence action of public employees, official misconduct in office, acceptance of rebates or extra compensation, four counts of receiving anything of value to influence action of public employee, official misconduct in office, and acceptance of rebates or extra compensation.

Sentencing is deferred for cooperation until resolution of existing future co-defendants.

The SCDOT said they acknowledge the State Grand jury indictments of their three former employees.

“SCDOT has zero tolerance for wrongdoing of any kind and wishes to express its appreciation for the hard work of both the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the SC Attorney General’s Office," said SCDOT Secretary Christy Hall.


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