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Former employees plead guilty to stealing, selling SCDOT equipment

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

SCDOT officials say two former employees accused of stealing and selling SCDOT equipment have pleaded guilty. 

According to SCDOT, the two former employees and a contractor were involved in stealing traffic signal equipment and selling them. 

The charges stem from an ongoing, multi-year investigation which started after authorities received allegations of wrong-doing which were reported by SLED. 

"SCDOT thanks SLED for its assistance to date in this matter," SCDOT officials said."SCDOT takes fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer funds seriously and will continue to cooperate with SLED and the SC Attorney General’s Office until this matter is brought to a conclusion."

The following people were charged in the case: 

Joe Edward Butler
Former SCDOT inspector, pleaded guilty to:

  • Four counts of receiving anything of value to influence action of public employee, in violation of section 8-13-705 of the South Carolina Ethics Act; and 
  • Acceptance of rebates or extra compensation, in violation of section 16-9-230.

Allen Kent Ray
Former SCDOT contractor, pleaded guilty to:

  • Accessory after the fact to criminal conspiracy, in violation of section 16-17-410; and
  • Offering money for advice or assistance of public official, in violation of section 8-13-720 of the South Carolina Ethics Act.

Curtis C. Singleton
Former head of SCDOT’s signal shop in District 1, pleaded guilty to:

  • Use of official position or office for financial gain, in violation of section 8-13-700 of the South Carolina Ethics Act;
  • Receiving anything of value to influence action of public employee, in violation of section 8-13-705 of the South Carolina Ethics Act;
  • Official misconduct in office; in violation of the common law of South Carolina;
  • Acceptance of rebates or extra compensation, in violation of section 16-9-230;
  • Four counts of receiving anything of value to influence action of public employee, in violation of section 8-13-705 of the South Carolina Ethics Act;
  • Official misconduct in office, in violation of the common law of South Carolina; and
  • Acceptance of rebates or extra compensation, in violation of section 16-9-230.

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