3 SCDOT workers indicted in separate kickback schemes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A grand jury has indicted three former Department of Transportation workers in three different kickback schemes at the agency’s Richland County office.

The indictments unsealed Thursday say former Field Operations Manager Charles Shirley created a road work company with his neighbor Allen Ray. Shirley then directed money from the state shop to Ray’s company, taking more than $360,000.

A second indictment says former DOT signal shop director Curtis Singleton demanded contractors give him bribes of around $1,500 each and also told a contractor to keep working he needed to give him a deal on a new truck.

A third indictment says former DOT inspector Joe Butler illegally sold agency equipment worth tens of thousands of dollars and kept some money for himself.

It wasn’t known if the men had lawyers.

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