Charleston, W.Va. (Ap) -- A former West Virginia official in charge of reviewing and awarding contracts for asbestos and lead abatement projects has been sentenced to a year in prison.
Paul Prendergast, of Gaithersburg, Md., pleaded guilty in 2007 to violating the federal travel act by leaking confidential bidding information to a Maryland company.
Prendergast was sentenced last week by U.S. District judge Peter J. Messitte, who also fined the 47-year-old $3,000.
In exchange for inside information, court documents say Prendergast received money and other benefits from the Maryland contractor, including three payments of $6,000, $2,500 and $2,500 between 2000 and 2003.
Prendergast was an Occupational Health and Safety coordinator at the West Virginia Department of Administration from 1998 to March 2003.
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