Knoxville highway construction contractor indicted

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal grand jury has returned indictments charging officials of a Knoxville highway construction contractor with destruction of records to impede a federal investigation.

The four counts against Allen Roy DeFoe, founder of Tennessee Guardrail, and company vice president, Kevin Eugene Peel, allege they had company records shredded after a federal task force began looking into whether companies agreed not to bid against each other to drive up contract costs.

Nashville attorney John OIiva said Thursday he could not discuss the case. Records list him as Peel's attorney. A telephone call left for Knoxville lawyer John E. Eldridge on behalf of DeFoe was not immediately returned.

The Tennessean cited state records in reporting the company won $37 million in state contracts since 2002.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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