Contractor admits to bid rigging in PennDOT corruption case

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania prosecutors say the president of an engineering and surveying services firm has pleaded guilty to bid rigging after they say his firm received thousands of dollars through improper and illegal contracts with the state Department of Transportation.

The Attorney General’s office says Christopher Czop pleaded guilty to the felony count on Wednesday. His sentencing hasn’t been scheduled.

Czop is the president of the Norristown-based firm Czop Specter Inc.

Authorities say he befriended a PennDOT assistant district engineer to get inspection contracts and that the company massively overbilled by submitting bogus mileage and hours on them.

Authorities say millions of taxpayer dollars were lost in the scheme.

Eight others have pleaded guilty or been accepted into a first time offender program. Another has died and one defendant’s case remains pending.

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