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Sentencing delayed in bid fraud

By From staff reports
Published in News on July 30, 2012 1:46 PM

Sentencing for the fourth person involved in a bid-rigging scheme involving Wayne County Public Schools has been rescheduled and will coincide with the sentencing of three other defendants in the case.

Pamela Carol Turner, 45, of Selma had been scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 8. It has been reset to Sept. 6 at 9:30 a.m. in U.S. Federal District Court in New Bern.

Also to be sentenced at that time are David Lee Tedder, 50, of Selma and former school employees Danny Lee Langley, 54, of Snow Hill and Earl Wayne Rhodes, 58, of Pikeville.

All three were to have been sentenced in July.

Ms. Turner was charged on July 20, 2010, and pleaded guilty Sept. 14, 2011, to structuring transactions to evade a reporting requirement. Tedder was charged on April 1, 2011, and pleaded guilty on June 14, 2011, to conspiring to commit bribery concerning local programs receiving federal funds.

In December, Langley pleaded guilty to bribery and Rhodes pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit bribery.

According to court documents, between 2002-09 Langley, the school system's former director of maintenance, and Rhodes, the former assistant director, would provide Ms. Turner's company, All American Roofing and Construction, the price it needed to bid to win school contracts.

After the school system had paid All American, the company allegedly then paid the two men a cash percentage.