Federal Authorities Charge Four In Iowa Contractor Bribery Case


By Richard Pratt

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa company executives have pleaded guilty and two other men have been indicted in what federal prosecutors are calling a longstanding bribery scheme involving a contractor and a Bettendorf city official.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday that employees of Davenport-based Brown Traffic Products, Inc., gave cash, vacations and event tickets to influence Bettendorf electrician Robert Webster.

An indictment says the company received nearly $2 million in business from Bettendorf between 2004 and 2011 for supplying traffic poles, lights and other goods.

Webster and retired company official Robert Budd Jr. are indicted on charges of conspiracy and bribery. Budd pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Webster hasn't made a court appearance.

Brown Traffic's former CEO, David Schlitz, and former vice president Daniel Fuchs have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with investigators.

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