A former state highway bridge engineer will spend the next 37 months in federal prison.
D.R. Alligood was sentenced today in Raleigh after a guilty plea to extortion that happened back in April.
Alligood was district engineer in charge of bridge maintenance for Pitt and Beaufort counties. The feds say Alligood extorted kickbacks from contractors over a several year period.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says in 2004 an excavation company offered Alligood a 10% kickback in return for him awarding them contracts. The company received more than $300,000 in payments.
The kickback scheme came to an end after the arrests of Danny Taylor, Chad Fornes, and Mike Delmonte, three former D.O.T. officials charged with using their official positions to extort cash from contractors, were reported in the media.
After getting out of prison Alligood will be on supervised release for two years.