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Feds allege Wayne County bid-rigging scheme

Posted August 30, 2011

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— A federal grand jury has indicted five people in an alleged bid-rigging scheme at Wayne County Public Schools and the Goldsboro Housing Authority, officials said Tuesday.

Danny Lee Langley, the school district's former maintenance director, and Earl Wayne Rhodes, his former assistant, are charged with conspiracy to commit bribery.

The indictment alleges that Langley, 54, of Snow Hill, and Rhodes, 58, of Pikeville, helped All-American Roofing and Construction Inc., a Johnston County roofing contractor, to win bids for various school roofing projects between 2002 and 2009. All-American Roofing would then give the men kickbacks for steering work its way, according to the indictment.

Company owner Pamela Carol Turner, 45, of Selma, has pleaded guilty to structuring deposits to evade bank reporting requirements. Her associate, David Lee Tedder, 50, of Selma, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery.

All-American Roofing also won four contracts at the Goldsboro Housing Authority, and a former official with that agency also has been indicted in the alleged scheme. Jimmie Lewis Farmer, 59, of Goldsboro, is charged with obstruction of justice and making a false statement to a federal agent.

The indictment alleges that Farmer created and back-dated bid documentation regarding the roofing contracts, which had been subpoenaed by the grand jury. He is accused of then lying to a federal agent about the authenticity of the documents.

"Competitive bidding is necessary for government to get quality work for the best price. When individuals rig bids, it not only prevents other capable individuals and companies to capitalize on their skills and abilities, (it also) as in this case, wastes taxpayer money,” U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker said in a statement.

The charges against Turner and Farmer carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, while Langley, Rhodes and Tedder face up to five years in prison, if convicted.

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  • Follow_The_Money27617 Aug 31, 2011

    SWEETSEA define liberal and conservative....watch this.

    Then tell me if someone is against abortion and for gay marriage would they be liberal or conservative? How many issues must one be liberal or conservative on to actually be one or the other? AHH did I confuse the low IQ sheep? LOL have a great day!

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Aug 31, 2011

    Ah, boneymaroney..but that is social big rigging and it is so wonderful. It helps get tax $$$$ in the pockets of those who support democrats, increases project costs and adds to our modest national debt. Just a good ol dose of liberalism.
    sweetsea2
    August 31, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    WOW I never thought the 2 ideological, political hack, braindead sheep would tie this to thier pitiful agenda. You people amaze me more each day. Thank you!

    While Im here: Ron Paul 2012!

  • smalldogsrule Aug 31, 2011

    This is why I avoid government work completely. I may make less money sticking with private companies and individuals, but I don't have to sweat out the corruption. I also only have to stand by my bid, not any other silliness.

  • censorbait Aug 31, 2011

    Ah, boneymaroney..but that is social big rigging and it is so wonderful. It helps get tax $$$$ in the pockets of those who support democrats, increases project costs and adds to our modest national debt. Just a good ol dose of liberalism.

  • boneymaroney13 Aug 30, 2011

    Now, if I'm bidding a project where a city/county government requires a certain ammount of work going to minorities or females, is that not bid rigging as well or is that excused? I may be the low bid but, not the minority, I will not get the bid. Hummmmmmmmm - that's not bid rigging?

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 30, 2011

    Just another example of why we need stronger anti-corruption laws with powerful sentences and fines to stop this type of abuse of power. If not we'll be like Mexico in a very short time, where this practice is normal operation for public officals.

  • ICTrue Aug 30, 2011

    I have news for you. You could do a clean sweep and find the same thing happening in every town and every county in this state. I have been bidding against the good-ol-boy network for many years around here.

    Actually, if that is news to anyone, you obviously haven't been doing business in this state for very long.