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Ohio DOT Inspector Ordered to Pay $234,000 in Bridge-Painting Scam

Elwood Clark, a former Ohio DOT (O-DOT) bridge inspector, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Akron, OH to 28 months in prison and ordered to pay $234,000 restitution for making false statements regarding the quantity and quality of bridge painting work performed on a Federal-aid project by co-defendant Argo Contracting Co. (Argo). Clark was convicted in December 2004 on two counts of providing false reports on a transportation project. He is the sixth O-DOT inspector charged in a bribery and corruption scam involving multiple bridge painting contractors. Argo has been debarred by FHWA, and four other O-DOT inspectors have been sentenced to date. The investigation is being conducted jointly with the FBI.