DOT Bridge Engineer Admits To Kickbacks

A former district bridge engineer for the D.O.T. has admitted he extorted thousands of dollars in return for giving an excavation company state contracts.

D.R. Alligood, who was district bridge engineer for Beaufort & Pitt counties made a plea Monday in Raleigh federal court.

The bridge maintenance engineer admitted he got a 10% kickback from the company, paid in cash. The U.S. Attorney's Office says the kickbacks began in mid-2004 and lasted until 2006.

In all, Alligood admitted to taking some $30,000 in kickbacks. The feds say the kickback scheme ended when other D.O.T. officials were charged with similar crimes.

The D.O.T. says Alligood started with them in March 1989 and was dismissed May 30, 2007.

He faces a maximum 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.


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  • by DMF Location: Belhaven on Apr 11, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    This federal indictment comes because our state's judicial system failed, and because of DOT's legally established culture of corruption. Small potatoes, you think? It's certain his cooperation with federal investigators hunting bigger fish will determine his sentence, but unlike the state, when you are sentenced to five years by the feds, you DO five years. When you work for the public you are held to a higher standard of public service, especially in cases involving the larger fish the feds are seeking and attorney general Cooper failed utterly to police. Each of these federal indictments is also an indictment of the state's Department of Justice and our SBI. It is an indictment of the General Assembly, as well. And if the Governor fails to keep her promise to reform DOT, if that's all just talk... it will be the voter's fault for failure to hold their elected officials to account. (When a Party can count on your vote, they don't need to work for it any longer.)
  • by rumor mill Location: washington on Apr 8, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    People, I doubt that many or any of you know this man, I do. He is not perfect. But are any of us? I can say he has made some bad choices in his life, his previous wife one of them. He will pay for his mistakes but are the resulting collateral damage effects of his lengthy sentence on his family worth it? Make the man pay back the money, make him serve the community. These actions would serve the citizens of Beaufort Co. much better than making him another burden on tax payers. The companies that offered him the kickbacks should at the very least be made public. They should also be made to pay back their ill gotten funds.
  • by Petunia Location: Washington on Apr 8, 2009 at 01:22 PM
    You would be amazed that the companies involved have probably provided several services to either you or someone affected by you. And the amount listed, isnt factual. And since when is working out something to have bitterness over, so he wants to be healthy. We should all probably work out more. Until you get a chance to know all the details, one shouldnt jump to conclusions based on half truths.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Apr 8, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    Based on what I have been reading lately about the criminal justice system in the news he might get 20 minutes in jail, pay a $2.00 fine and keep all the money he got. At least he should have give the money back to the tax payers. $30,000 would go along way to pay a teacher salery.
  • by Judith Location: Washington on Apr 8, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    Since he "made a plea", I seriously doubt Mr. Alligood will recieve the maximum penalties. I do wonder, however, why anyone would seem to have any sympathy for a man who made more than the local median income (including many of whose taxes paid him), and whose greed motivated him to take more in bribes ($30,000.00), than a lot of folks bust their behinds to make in a year. I hope nobody I care about is ever harmed due to shoddy workmanship or materials on one of the projects built by these companies, who have already proven themselves to be more than willing to take shortcuts for profit. I'm afraid that my definition of "a nice guy" does not include anyone who can repeatedly have the kinds of moral lapses for which this man is known. One good thing though, D.R.'s treasured "workouts" will be free in the Federal Prison System ... just one more bill to be paid for him by the taxpayers.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Apr 8, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    Amazed, I agree.
  • by wickerman Location: anywhere on Apr 8, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    WHO WAS THE COMPANY THEY SHOULD BE PULLED OFF THE JOBS AND BE MADE TO PAY BACK THE MONEY THEY HAVE RECEIVED.
  • by someone else who knows Location: washington on Apr 7, 2009 at 06:55 PM
    To Robert: It must be nice to sit high on your little mountain. You do not know this person or the circumstances at hand. Im sure you mean well with your negative comments.
  • by someone who knows Location: washington on Apr 7, 2009 at 06:48 PM
    Yes I am someone who knows. I would love to divulge these companies
  • by robert Location: newport on Apr 7, 2009 at 05:07 PM
    To: Anonymous Location: Washington We should try to learn from his mistakes. We should pray for him & his family...We should release all prisoners from prison and prey for them...We should learn from all their mistakes..This will correct the problems. Prayer is the answer...Get real...
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