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Three ex-SCDOT workers issue guilty pleas in corruption probe

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Three former state Department of Transportation employees pleaded guilty on multiple counts of public corruption, according to Attorney General Alan Wilson's office.

Joe Edward Butler, Allen Kent Ray, and Curtis C. Singleton all entered guilty pleas on various charges, including accessory criminal conspiracy, acceptance of rebates or extra compensation, and misconduct in office. 

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According to DOT, the trio took traffic signal equipment from the department and sold them for personal gain over the course of several years. SLED investigated the allegations.

DOT released a statement on the matter, praising the work done by SLED.

"SCDOT takes fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer funds seriously and will continue to cooperate with SLED and the SC Attorney General’s Office until this matter is brought to a conclusion," the statement said.

Wilson's office says sentencing for all three has been deferred "for cooperation until resolution of existing or possible future codefendants."

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