Former W.Va. Official Gets 1 Year In Prison

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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