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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