NC-DOT Official Receives Federal Sentence
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 08, 2009|
RALEIGH—United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced DALTON RAY ALLIGOOD, JR., a/k/a D.R. Alligood, to 37 months’ imprisonment followed by two years of supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on February 19, 2009. On April 6, 2009, ALLIGOOD pled guilty to extortion under the color of official right, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.
ALLIGOOD worked as District Engineer in charge of The Bridge Maintenance Unit in Pitt and Beaufort Counties for the Transportation Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (“NC-DOT”). In this position, ALLIGOOD supervised 32 state employees and was empowered to enter “fully operational rental” contracts with private companies. ALLIGOOD utilized this power to extort kickbacks from contractors in exchange for contract awards.
In mid-2004, ALLIGOOD began to socialize with one of the owners of an excavation company (“Excavation Company”). In August of 2004, ALLIGOOD provided the Excavation Company with two small “fully operational rental” contracts. In order to ensure additional contracts, the owners of the Excavation Company decided to approach ALLIGOOD and offer him a ten percent kickback on all future contracts. The offer was made and ALLIGOOD accepted the deal and required that the kickbacks be paid in cash.
From this point until December of 2006, ALLIGOOD awarded dozens of contracts to the Excavation Company. The Excavation Company received total payments in excess of $300,000 on such contracts. The kickback scheme came to an end after the arrests of Danny Taylor, Chad Fornes, and Mike Delmonte, three former NC-DOT officials charged with using their official positions to extort cash from contractors, were reported in the media.
Mr. Holding commented: “Civil servants are responsible to perform their duties free of any conflict or improper personal gain. Unfortunately, the defendant here set aside those obligations. We are pleased with the Court’s sentence.”Investigation of the case was conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation. First Assistant United States Attorney John Stuart Bruce and Assistant United States Attorney Dennis Duffy served as prosecutor for the government.