Former Plymouth City Official Accused of Taking Bribes, Kickbacks Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

Former Plymouth City Official Accused of Taking Bribes, Kickbacks Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison Photo: KSTP

November 07, 2018 05:01 PM

The U.S. Attorney's Office Wednesday announced a former city official in Plymouth had been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to soliciting and receiving bribes and kickbacks in exchange for the awarding of city contracts.

A release said Ronnie Eugene Taggart, 51, pleaded guilty in May to one count of wire fraud. He was sentenced Wednesday.

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According to the release, Taggart, who was the facilities supervisor for the city from October, 2012 through November, 2016, allegedly devised a scheme to defraud the city by soliciting and receiving bribes and kickbacks in exchange for awarding contracts to contractors outside of the competitive bidding process mandated by state law and the city's procurement policy.

In total, he is alleged to have solicited and received bribes and kickbacks worth approximately $58,532 between 2014 and November 2016.

Taggart also received two years of supervised probation and must pay $58,352 in restitution.

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