Federal Grand Jury Indicts 3 In Bid-Rigging Case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A federal grand jury indicted former
Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert and contractor Leonard Lawson on Wednesday after a yearlong FBI investigation into alleged bid-rigging for highway construction projects.
Brian Russell Billings, an aide to Lawson, also was indicted.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor told reporters Wednesday that
additional indictments are possible from the federal grand jury meeting in Lexington.
Lawson's attorney, Larry Mackey, declined comment on the indictment, as did Nighbert's attorney, Howard Mann. It was not
immediately known who was representing Billings.
A sworn statement by FBI Agent T. Clay Mason last month provided
some details of the investigation, which involved allegations that Nighbert and Lawson improperly handled confidential cost estimates
on highway construction projects in 2006 and 2007.
Mason's statement, filed in U.S. District Court in London on Aug. 1 as part of a request for a search warrant, alleged that Lawson paid a state engineer $20,000 for the estimates.

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