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State Contracts Given to Black's Son Draw Inquiry

Posted December 13, 2007

— The State Bureau of Investigation has opened an inquiry into state contracts won by a company owned by the son of former House Speaker Jim Black, although the firm did not submit the lowest bids.

Jon Black's company, Black Pest Control, received $124,000 contracts to fight termites at prison construction projects in Bertie and Greene counties in 2004. The company also was offered, but declined, a $73,600 contract for work at a prison in Columbus County in 2005.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby did not order an investigation when the contracts came to light, but he said he has asked the SBI to take a look at them now. State justice officials emphasized the SBI has opened only an inquiry, not a full investigation.

Centex Construction sub-contracted the projects to Black Pest Control. George Zaborowski, a former project manager for Centex, said political pressure was applied to ensure that Jon Black's company was hired.

The state Legislature passed a bill exempting Centex from public-bid laws, which allowed the company to choose a bid other than the lowest one.

Black, 72, a Democrat from Mecklenburg County, pleaded guilty to federal public corruption charges in July and began serving a five-year federal prison sentence. A state Superior Court judge ordered him to pay $1 million after he agreed to accept punishment for bribing former state Rep. Michael Decker in 2003. The deal helped Jim Black retain a share of control in the evenly divided House.

The inquiry into Jon Black's state contracts is independent from the charges against his father.


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  • lilwil Dec 14, 2007

    Now the DA said he didn't order an investigation when the contracts came to him back then, but want the SBI to look into them now. WHAT!!!!!!!!!!

    See, how people look out for one another. Had that been us little people, we would have been held under the jail immediately.

    Maybe the DA need to answer the question as to why he waited so long to do nothing?

  • The Fox Dec 14, 2007

    Keep on digging.

  • Dr. Ben Dover Dec 14, 2007

    Here'an idea. Let's round up all of the democrat politicians and throw them in jail and then issue an appology to the one or two who didn't deserve it - sglangley35

    Pick up a newspaper, Langley. Before you go off on Democrats, answer this: How may "no bid" government contracts have been awarded to Haliburton?

  • nc resident Dec 14, 2007

    How long was Black Pest control in buisness before they were given the bid? Not long I bet, and how difficult is it to squirt some liguids around the floor? Professional theives has better jobs than that or do they>>>>

  • DrJ Dec 14, 2007

    Sidekick, I would agree with you that Charlotte is looking more and more like Durham every day.

    It looks like Jimbo needs another day in court.

    "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Can Marc Basnight be far behind?

  • gabby1 Dec 14, 2007

    I am from CLT and now live here. I will say that Wake County has some of the same problems within local gov. as they do down in Mec. Co. People in glass houses should not throw stones! Sadly crooked politicians are in every county of our wonderful state!

  • normalthinking Dec 14, 2007

    this pig stye keeps getting deeper and deeper

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 14, 2007

    In the case of Jim Black's son, the rotten apple didn't fall to far from the tree.

    State law should require that anybody who is related to a state office cannot get a state contract.

  • PaulRevere Dec 14, 2007

    Once again, Charlotte metro lives up to her reputation as a good ol' boy town with shiny buildings. Shocka! Just secede already, Charlotte!

  • sglangley35 Dec 14, 2007

    Here'an idea. Let's round up all of the democrat politicians and throw them in jail and then issue an appology to the one or two who didn't deserve it.