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Former DOT engineer gets three-year sentence for extortion

Posted December 8, 2009 5:18 p.m. EST
Updated December 8, 2009 8:57 p.m. EST

— A former employee of the North Carolina Department of Transportation was sentenced to 37 months in prison Tuesday for misuse of his position, authorities said.

Dalton Ray Alligood Jr. pleaded guilty in April to extortion.

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 more than $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.