Wednesday, September 3, 2008

BREAKING: Lawson, Nighbert indicted in road probe

From The Courier-Journal:

"A federal grand jury today indicted road contractor Leonard Lawson, former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert and Brian Russell Billings, an employee of a Lawson company. Details of the federal investigation into possible bid tampering were laid out in an affidavit by an FBI agent filed in federal court in London last month. Special Agent T. Clay Mason said in the affidavit that James Rummage, a former Department of Highways engineer, leaked cost estimates of about eight projects to Lawson. The affidavit said Rummage did so at the direction of Nighbert. The affidavit also said that about the same time Rummage was paid $20,000 in cash by Lawson. Rummage has declined to comment on the investigation. But his attorney has said he is cooperating with investigators."

Click here to read the full story. No matter what happens in this case , this investigation will change the way Kentucky awards contracts to road builders. Your thoughts???

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