Guilty Pleas In School Roofing Bribery Scheme

There are two guilty pleas in a public corruption case that involves an Eastern Carolina school system.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Danny Lee Langley of Snow Hill and Earl Rhodes of Pikeville entered the pleas today in Greenville.

Langley used to be maintenance director for Wayne County Schools, while Rhodes was the assistant director. The feds say the two men helped All American Roofing and Construction win bids for various school roofing projects. They claim Pamela Turner, owner of All American and David Tedder, paid the two school employees a cash percentage in return for the work.

The feds says in 2002-2003, .3% of the school roofing budget was paid to All American, but by 2004-2005 their business jumped dramatically to 61.1% of the roofing budget.

Langley faces up to 10 years imprisonment for the bribery charge and Rhodes faces up to five years for the conspiracy charge.

Turner was charged on July 20, 2010 and pled guilty on September 14th to structuring transactions to evade a reporting requirement. Her sentencing is set for January 30th. Tedder was charged on April 1st and pled guilty on June 14th to conspiring to commit bribery concerning local programs receiving federal funds. His sentencing is set for December 19th.

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  • by beachbum3 on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    ANONYMOUS: You are 1000% correct there is a deep need of there being an investigation conducted about contracting issues within the NCDOT an the payments that are paid out as it relates to the quality of the work an the total longevity of construction projects being performed by contracting enitys an their compliance with what is commonly referred to as the state of north carolinas state specefications for roadways an bridges in this state. in my perosnaly opinion the taxpayers are being taken to the cleaners as too the amounts of moneys that are being paid out an the quality of the work being performed .most especially when it is accociated with certain line code items issues in these highway contracts that are rought with fraudlent payments over these certain line code items. the past isasue of bidrigging within the ncdot wont even beign to hold a light to these issues in my opinion thank you
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      by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 01:34 PM in reply to beachbum3
      Yep, I'm sure the money goes right up the chain of command. Everyone in power is getting a little piece of the action, one way or another. If people knew how crooked the contract business is, it would make the hard working people sick to know how all that tax $$$ is being wasted.
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      by Chuck on Dec 14, 2011 at 04:06 PM in reply to beachbum3
      Simple way to fix this bidding problem is to hire a outside firm with no interest to handle the bidding process. Keep state out of it to avoid corruption.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 04:36 PM in reply to Chuck
        Thats a good idea but the powers at be would never allow it.
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          by Chuck on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:14 AM in reply to
          My plan would take the fox out of the chicken yard or keep the greedy hands out of the cookie jar. Everything the state gets involved in gets messed up. Why can't simple things be simple?
  • by ncyankeee Location: enc on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:12 AM
    here we go...more bribes, more money for the people in charge that dont need it... any one out there have some real money to give away. let me know, I will be glad to pick it up.. I'm a vet and need help thanks
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 04:44 PM
    They need to clean up the DOT bidding,next.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 02:47 PM
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      by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 05:12 PM in reply to
      Amen to that. The super rich work the system by gas speculation. The super rich play the stock market with inside info. This was just a drop in the bucket, when compared to the big dogs.

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