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DOT engineer pleads guilty to extortion

Posted April 7, 2009

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— An engineer with the state Department of Transportation pleaded guilty Monday to extorting kickbacks from an excavation company.

Dalton Ray Alligood Jr. pleaded guilty to a federal charge of extortion under the color of money. He will be sentenced in July, when he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Alligood was the district engineer in charge of bridge maintenance in Pitt and Beaufort counties, and federal authorities said he used his position to obtain kickbacks from contractors in exchange for contract awards.

In mid-2004, he began to socialize with one of the owners of an unidentified excavation company, and he provided the company with two small rental contracts. The company owners offered Alligood a 10 percent kickback on all future contracts to ensure they would get more business, authorities said.

Alligood demanded that the kickbacks be paid in cash, and he made almost $30,000 in kickbacks from the company between August 2004 and December 2006, authorities said.

The scheme ended when three other DOT officials were arrested on charges that they also extorted kickbacks from contractors.

“The defendant was an employee of the state of North Carolina and was responsible to perform his duties free of any conflict or improper personal gain. Unfortunately, he set aside those obligations and forgot who he worked for," U.S. Attorney George Holding said in a statement.

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  • pbjbeach Apr 8, 2009

    bobbyj

    during my time at the ncdot i worked to the best of my abilities to do the job that i was originally hired to do an that was to respresent the taxpaying citizens of this state an to try an look out for their instrest as aq state highway inspector an to have contractors do an perform their part of their responsibility's accordinmg to the states ncdot state speceficiations for roadways & bridges an to be honest an truthful an fair minded in the handling of my job responsibility's . the thing about ethinics is that mangament will not allowed the state inspectors to perform their real job responsibility's without them retailating against the inspectors in some shape form or fashion.there are good an honest people that work within the ncdot but they are just not allowed to perform their jobs duty;s an to protect the taxpayers moneywhen it come to highway contracting thank you

  • airbornemonty Apr 7, 2009

    Another blackeye for the great state of North Carolina.

    I can not for the world understand how we can have such wonderful athletic programs and yet have such a corrupt state government, it's embarrassing.

  • luvbailey Apr 7, 2009

    I wonder if he reported these ill-gotten gains on his tax return. If not the feds& state should also prosecute for tax evasion.

  • TheAdmiral Apr 7, 2009

    All you have to do is take a Easely era official to lunch - then it goes down hill from there.

  • bobbyj Apr 7, 2009

    As a professional engineer for the last 13 years I can tell you there hav been many times when contractors or public sector people have done things that were outside what I would consider professional. I will not ever work with someone with this personally flaw. There is not enough money in the world to off set the risk of jail time and disgrace for my family.

    If you do not do something illegal you never have to worry about going to jail period. EVERYONE at NCDOT is not crooked but also he is not the only one. there is simply too much money out there and too many weak minded people

  • pbjbeach Apr 7, 2009

    With all of the internal corruption that goes on within the ncdot how can you help being envolved in corruption like this when nearly all of the politician are doing it an half of mangament is in all likelyhood envolved in corruption in one way or another thank you

  • pbjbeach Apr 7, 2009

    what the deuce

    I AM IN 100 % AGREEMENT WITH YOUR ABOVE STATED STATEMENT THERE ARE GOOD HARD WORKING NCDOT EMPLOYEES IF THEY WERE JUST LEFT ALONE AN ALLOWED BY UPPER MANGAMENT TO PERFORM THEIR JOB DUTY'S AS THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO BE PERFORMED AN FOR THE UPPER MANGAMENT TO JUST QUIT TRYING TO MICRO-MANGER AN LET THE PEOLPE THAT THEY HAVE HIRED THAT HAVE GOT THE EXPERIENCE TO DO THEIR JOBS JUST DO THEIR JOBS AN LEVE THEM ALONE TO DO IT. JUST TO MANNY CHEIF'S AN NOT ENOUGH INDIANS THESE DAYS IN THE NCDOT THANK YOU

  • pbjbeach Apr 7, 2009

    Now they need to look into the ncdot not allowing state inspectors on highway contracts work to perform their duty's as speceified in the state ncdot state speceficiations an that if they do try an do their jobs they are constructively dismissed for performing their duty's an it puts the state inspectors in a place of you are darn if you do an darn if you don't thank you

  • Angry Independent Apr 7, 2009

    Tip of the iceberg.

    Remember all those millions in botched work & repaving? I think it's gonna get a lot deeper...

  • smitty Apr 7, 2009

    I'm so shocked I fell out of my chair.

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