Two bridge painting companies accused of bribery

CLEVELAND (AP) - Two Ohio companies that were paid $750,000 to paint bridges are accused by federal prosecutors of bribing state bridge inspectors to overlook poor work.
Charges unsealed on Thursday in federal court in Cleveland accuse Atlas Central Corp. of Cleveland and Argo Contracting Corp. of Youngstown of giving kickbacks to inspectors on six projects for the Ohio Department of Transportation.
One bridge inspector was also charged with making false reports.
All charged did not immediately return messages.
ODOT officials say some of the paint work needs to be redone sooner than normal because of shoddy jobs.
ODOT director Gordon Proctor says corruption is not tolerated at his department and the accused inspector has been put on paid leave.
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