The business created by a former Transportation Department worker and his neighbor earned $2.5 million in contracts with the agency in fiscal year 2015, according to its 2016 annual report.
Indictments in June alleging former SCDOT field operations manager, Charles Shirley and his Leesville neighbor, Allen Ray broke the law while operating Pine Ridge Specialty Services, LLC. were unsealed in late July.
According to the indictments, almost all the money PRSS made came from contracts with the SCDOT. The documents say Shirley set up “secret mechanisms” to ensure the agency and the public didn’t know about his interest in the business, taking $360,000 that came from funds PRSS received from SCDOT contracts directly overseen by his department.
Shirley resigned in January.
Two other former SCDOT employees were indicted on corruption charges, but did not appear to have a connection to Shirley and Ray.
The Attorney General’s office would not comment further on the investigation or on whether an investigation at the agency would continue.