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Tennessee Businessmen Debarred from Contracting on Federal-Aid Projects

On March 12, 2014, the Federal Highway Administration debarred Allen R. Defoe and Kevin Peel, both officers of Tennessee Guardrail, Inc., from contracting or participating in federal-aid projects for a period of three years beginning November 8, 2014. The debarments were based on Defoe’s guilty plea and conviction in U.S. District Court, Nashville, Tennessee, for obstruction of justice and for Peel's pre-trial diversion agreement. 

On February 14, 2012, Defoe was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine for his role in destroying documents subpoenaed by a federal court. The Court previously deferred prosecution of Peel for his role in conspiring to obstruct the investigation by shredding subpoenaed documents.

We conducted this investigation jointly with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.