TDOT employee pleads guilty to bribery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee Department of Transportation employee has pleaded guilty to soliciting and accepting $30,000 in bribes from a contractor that remains in good standing with the state.

James Douglas Hagar, of Mt. Juliet, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court and his cooperation could result in the reduction of his sentence, expected to be between 18 and 24 months.

According to TDOT documents obtained by The Tennessean, Hagar recommended an increase in work for Kingston Springs-based Lu Inc., which was installing crash cushions along Interstate 65 in Nashville.

Lu Inc. has not been charged by federal prosecutors and is not identified in court documents. The charges allege that Hagar received eight personal checks from the subcontractor and recommended that TDOT increase the number of crash cushions installed.

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


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  • by Patrick Location: Middle TN on Apr 6, 2011 at 08:57 PM
    To add to the other comment our tax dollars are being spent on less than professional individuals who are employed by this company. There are several employees who are KNOWN illegal substance users with horrbile criminal records yet we pay these degenerates to do work on our highways. Lets not bring up the indidents three years ago when an exployee testified to substandard work on guard rails which lead to at least two traffic fatalities. This business should never see another dime of taxpayer money in my opinion until they can do a real backgound check and random drug testing. These people are having a part of our safety on the highways and as of now i do not trust their work.
  • by Gary Location: Johnson City on Apr 6, 2011 at 01:14 PM
    I would say that it's a safe bet to say that Lu, Inc. has done this before. They need to have their permit pulled and not be allowed to do business in Tennessee and/or with the state any longer. An investigation should be done on this company. This is MY tax money they are "stealing"! What else have they done that hasn't been uncovered yet? If Tennessee lets them slide on this, you can bet that they will do it again. Will LU, Inc. pay back they money that they stole? No matter how you look at it, they stole from the taxpayers of Tennessee. It must be a pretty good amount because they paid 30k to be able to steal. What is the total amount that they stole from the tax payers?

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