Not Guilty Verdicts In Bid-Rigging Trial

A federal jury has acquitted former Kentucky Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert and road contractor Leonard Lawson of all counts in their Lexington bid-rigging trial. The two were were accused of taking part in a scheme to leak confidential cost estimates for highway projects to Lawson prior to the bidding process. Several charges were thrown out […]

Arraignments Held On New Bid-Rigging Indictment

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky road contractor Leonard Lawson, former state Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert and Lawson employee Brian Billings have been arraigned anew in a federal highway bid-rigging case. All three pleaded not guilty in federal district court in Frankfort. Nighbert attorney Howard Mann opposes the new indictment, which combines the two […]

Indictments Returned In Bid Rigging Probe

A federal grand jury in Lexington has indicted former Kentucky Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert and road contractor Leonard Lawson following an FBI investigation into alleged bid-rigging on highway construction projects. The indictment accuses Nighbert of accepting payments funneled through a utility management company in exchange for helping leak secret cost estimates on certain road projects […]

Beshear Meets With Road Contract Investigators

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Federal authorities have briefed Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear on their ongoing investigation of the state Transportation Cabinet. They’re trying to determine if a former cabinet engineer leaked highway project cost information to potential bidders, including Leonard Lawson of Lexington. Beshear believes the probe is limited to activities that allegedly […]