ODOT vendor, Robert Jones, 49, of Concord, was indicted on corruption charges for using a wide-variety of scams to illegally steer ODOT contracts and business to friends and associates from 2000 to 2007. Robert Jones, Jr. bribed ODOT District 12 Store Keeper Kevin Horrigan to obtain ODOT contracts.
Robert Jones, Jr. gave Horrigan a total of $25,000 for personal expenses including the cost of Horrigan's country club membership. The bids or competitive quotes were forged and submitted on behalf of two other companies for the purpose of steering the contracts to Jones's companies. Robert Jones, Jr.'s three companies were fraudulently awarded $200,000 worth of contracts.
On August 6, 2010, Robert Jones, Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of bribery and three counts of attempted tampering with records. Robert Jones, Jr. paid $64,000 in restitution to ODOT. Robert Jones, Jr. faces a maximum sentence of 9-1/2 years in prison. The Ohio Inspector General’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted this investigation.
Robert Jones, Jr.’s sentencing is scheduled for September 8, 2010 at 10:00 am in Judge Michael Russo.