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Ohio DOT Inspector Pleads Guilty to Involvement in Kickback Scheme

Darrell G. Isaac, an Ohio DOT bridge–painting inspector, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, OH, to three counts of making false statements regarding work on Federal–aid projects. Between June 2000 and October 2001, in exchange for cash bribes ranging from $1,000 to $24,000 per project, Isaac permitted contractors to use blasting material that did not meet specifications and to blast and paint in substandard conditions. He then reported the contractors? work was acceptable. In the same investigation, Ohio DOT Inspector Jeff Burton pleaded guilty on August 29 to one count of making false statements regarding a Federal highway project and is scheduled for sentencing in December. Isaac?s sentencing is scheduled for January 2004. This is an ongoing OIG and FBI joint investigation.