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SCDOT’s Super Shady Paving Crew

AGENCY ACCUSED OF “COACHING” FIRM LINKED TO 2013 FRAUD CASE …  || By FITSNEWS ||  South Carolina’s Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is a disaster – chronically short on cash despite the hundreds of millions of dollars taxpayers throw at it each year.  Yet rather than reform its busted bureaucracy (or stop approving…

AGENCY ACCUSED OF “COACHING” FIRM LINKED TO 2013 FRAUD CASE … 

|| By FITSNEWS ||  South Carolina’s Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is a disaster – chronically short on cash despite the hundreds of millions of dollars taxpayers throw at it each year.  Yet rather than reform its busted bureaucracy (or stop approving totally unnecessary projects), South Carolina lawmakers want to take the easy way out and throw more money at government.

Which of course means raising taxes on gasoline … even though dirt poor South Carolinians already spend a disproportionate percentage of their income (third-highest in the nation, last time we checked) on fuel costs.

“Since when is raising taxes the only solution in a ‘Republican’ state?” former SCDOT commissioner Sarah Nuckles recently wrote on our site.  “What happened to more efficiency, less government, and improving the economy?  What happened to Ronald Reagan’s smaller government vision?”

That’s easy … big government “Republicans” (including one very powerful, very self-serving “Republican”) are devouring that vision.  Daily.  And sticking you with an ever-escalating check for their corruption.

One example of SCDOT incompetence?  The story of Lynches River Contracting – which sources tell FITS has recently been approved for taxpayer-funded road paving work.

Why should we care about this company?  Because according to its competitors – Lynches River Contracting was formed from the ashes of Boggs Paving, a Monroe, N.C.-based company which was involved in a huge fraud and money laundering case two years ago.

As a result of that case, Boggs Paving had its assets frozen and was explicitly banned from bidding on road projects in North Carolina and South Carolina.  Its former CEO – Drew Boggs – has pleaded guilty to the charges filed against him and is facing up to 25 years behind bars.

But Boggs’ brother Chris Boggs – who wasn’t indicted – formed Lynches River Contracting last September.  He’s since stepped down from the company, but according to a WSOC TV 9 (ABC – Charlotte, N.C.) investigation earlier this year, “two former Boggs Paving employees became president and vice president” of the company.

Not only that, the company is planning on using “asphalt plants, dump trucks and other resources from two other companies associated with the Boggs name, including Boggs Materials and Boggs Transport.”

Sound suspicious?  Um … yes.

If this transparent “switcheroo” weren’t bad enough, one of the company’s competitors – Kim Lineberger of Lancaster, S.C. – says SCDOT has actually been “coaching” the new company on how to complete paperwork with the agency.

Jeez … and we wonder why SCDOT is in such dire straits? 

We’ve been calling on state lawmakers for years to fix the SCDOT – which continues to conduct “business as usual” in the aftermath of its 2007 “reform.”

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36 comments

Jackie Chiles April 9, 2015 at 9:47 am

“What’s wrong with a private company using another private company’s employees and equipment to get more government money?

-Fits on CSOL Sale

“HOW DARE A PRIVATE COMPANY USE ANOTHER PRIVATE COMPANY’S EMPLOYEES AND EQUIPMENT TO GET MORE GOVERNMENT MONEY”

-Fits on Boggs Paving

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CNSYD April 9, 2015 at 10:08 am

Sic Willie was for it before he was against it.

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Anonymouseschmuck April 9, 2015 at 10:42 am

B.S. He was against it BEFORE he was for it. Then he was for it. Then he was against it. Then he got a handful of folding green and he was for it again. Get your facts straight! Grubby little rat bastard has always been adept at gathering the crumbs in the maze!

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Torch April 9, 2015 at 9:55 am

Went down state a several weeks ago. There was a back road, think it was Cottageville road that was being paved. Road wasn’t nearly as bad as most I’ve seen. Must be some state senator or rep living on the road. Only saw 2 other cars in a 20 mile stretch.

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guest April 9, 2015 at 10:12 am

Bingo. The entrance street into my neighborhood has been slated to be repaved but the 3 intersecting streets will not be repaved. I thought to myself, what makes it so special, it is only a small neighborhood and in no worse shape than the surrounding streets. Well, that main street runs into a newer & more expensive subdivision that has quite a bit of undeveloped property which is owned by a sc state senator. So I suppose he thinks construction on new homes in that development is going to pick up or he has plans to sell off some more of that vacant property.

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TSIB April 9, 2015 at 12:56 pm

“Well, that main street runs into a newer & more expensive subdivision that has quite a bit of undeveloped property which is owned by a sc state senator.”

So who is the senator?

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guest April 9, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Chauncey K “Greg” Gregory.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein April 9, 2015 at 11:12 pm

For a minute there, TBG thought you were going to say “Chauncey Gardiner”.

Buz Martin April 10, 2015 at 5:19 pm

“I like to watch.”

Bible Thumper April 9, 2015 at 10:04 am

“But Boggs’ brother Chris Boggs – who wasn’t indicted”
That’s all I need to know. End of story.

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TroubleBaby April 9, 2015 at 10:14 am

The SCDOT will get their money, because their patrons, the corrupt within our state gov’t, stand to benefit as well.

It’s just a matter of time. There will be no meaningful audits, accountability, etc.

There will only be backroom dealing and money changing hands with a bill/vote structured in a way to minimize political backlash.

Enough roads will be paved to keep the hoi polloi from rioting while our masters skim the top and eventually retire to Hilton Head, or Bermuda/Cayman Islds, etc., if they couldn’t keep their dealings quiet enough.

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Soft Sigh from Hell April 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm

“The SCDOT will get their money, because their patrons, the corrupt within our state gov’t, stand to benefit as well.”

Yep, the DOT is corrupt because the big boys like it that way. And that is why it will not change.

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Leaky Tanks April 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm

That is also the reason why so much of the environmental side of DHEC is incompetent.

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Buz Martin April 10, 2015 at 5:05 am

Didn’t you used to post as “Oily Taints?”

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Leaky Tanks April 11, 2015 at 11:31 am

No, not me, but that is a funny name. I probably would have used “Greasy” instead.

Buz Martin April 10, 2015 at 5:04 am

When the Chinese eventually take over SC, will they hire the same old good old boys to pave their private roads? Or do they even do good old boy? A Rumsfeldian “known unknown.” But we’ll find out. Coz that’s what’s in the works.

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Rocky April 9, 2015 at 10:30 am

There are many alternatives to our roadway issues besides just raising taxes. We could a) stop using cars, and walk or use horses and carriages, b) we could start using only bicycles, c) we could remove the pavement and just use sand, and drive slower, d) we could ask Obama for more money, e) we could start using trains.

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Johnny Boy April 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm

There is a stretch of I-20 in Kershaw County that has been under construction since around the time the I-20 widening project began in the Clemson Rd. area. I’ve noticed the Boggs trucks working in Kershaw County. It baffles me as to why it is taking years to simply resurface a stretch of road. The widening and laying of concrete road around Clemson Rd. took less time than these incompetent fools are taking to lay some pavement. Not to mention they are shutting down traffic lanes during the busiest times of the day and creating a traffic mess.

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Tunes'n'News April 9, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Half of what state and local government does seems to be for the benefit of road builders and real estate developers. Often very cozy relationships, if not those people actually getting governmental positions.

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nitrat April 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm

When the gas taxes haven’t been raised in the state since 1987 (in the nation, the early 90s), by God, common sense should tell you that inflation on the building and labor costs, population growth and the development that goes with it have to mean that more tax money is needed to maintain and build the necessary roads to keep up.
Can’t you idiots get Grover to explain to you that roads have been a core function of government for a few thousand years?
I don’t know who you can go to help you figure out more people = more needs for anything and everything.
That’s so obvious, I don’t know why you can’t figure it out yourselves.
Our infrastructure used to be a part of our American Exceptionalism. But, like almost everything else, the goddamned Republicans and ALL of their crazy ass fringes have killed it because they take things like pledging allegiance to Grover Norquist seriously.

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truthmonger April 9, 2015 at 2:20 pm

You forget the SUBSTANTIAL increases in “welfare”, too. Oh, wait, that’s the LIBERAL voting block….

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Buz Martin April 10, 2015 at 5:16 am

The Republican block in SC only votes for welfare in the form of government subsidies for corporations that promise not to pay well enough to help get the working poor off of government assistance. SCGOP version of “Catch 22.”

Nationally, of course, both parties are all about the same fucking game where the Wall Street moochers in makers clothing are concerned — but the Dems manage to blow major smoke up our asses about it, so the true believers are sure they’re pure as driven snow in that regard. DNC version of “Jonestown.”

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Larry April 9, 2015 at 9:55 pm

Nitrat, Help us stop the fraud waste and abuse and you will get your tax increase. We are just tired of the pissing away of our money, Give us value, and you will get the money.
But we just won’t consent to more waste.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein April 9, 2015 at 11:16 pm

Our infrastructure used to be a part of our American Exceptionalism.

Never had you pegged as an American Exceptionalist, Nitrat.

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rdj April 9, 2015 at 12:20 pm

If there are more people using the roads, there is more gas being purchased, then there is more tax revenue being created that even the illegals, and tax dodgers cant avoid paying … you must work for the government if you think more taxes is the answer.

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linds April 9, 2015 at 12:40 pm

According to SC Sec. of State, the registered agent for Lynches River Constr. is William O. Spencer, Jr. The address is 301 West Main in Chesterfield SC. The company was registered 9/23/14. William O. Spencer is also the registered agent for Rainbow Investments, Myrick Construction, Americare Health, Piedmont Commercial Roofing, Cumberland Gravel and Sand, and Main Street Financial. A few of these companies are flagged as foreign. Wonder what his connection is about?

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you know me April 9, 2015 at 1:18 pm

According to NC Sec. of Sate site, Boggs Paving still has an active status. Also, he is the registered agent for several other companies.

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SM April 16, 2015 at 10:09 am

He is an attorney. Just like if you went to an attorney to get a corporation formed and they filed the paper work for you.

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Dan Ruck April 9, 2015 at 1:21 pm

In Greenville County the Ashemore Bros. were the villains for years. I hear they’re gone now but there are still aged, quiet little neighborhoods with brand new streets and county roads with fresh blacktop leading up to wealthy neighborhoods and not beyond. The Ashemores used to pave roads with no houses on them and no sign that any ever will be. Of course, the county paid for all.

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Town Crier April 10, 2015 at 2:14 am

And let’s not forget the Thrifts, also from the Upstate.

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U HEAR Wrong April 10, 2015 at 1:44 pm

R u out of your mind. The Ashmores are as big as ever and paving away. Where did you get the idea that they were done?

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Pawpaw Loves Meemaw April 9, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Oh joy oh joy. Now the search for dirt of the vast Boggs clan of western NC begins. Who will be the first to find the connection to the I-75 rip off? Hint hint maiden name Boggs hint hint Myrtle Beach hint hint no more hint for you happy hunting …

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tomstickler April 9, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Did you mean to say I-73?

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Buz Martin April 10, 2015 at 4:59 am

Defamatory trolls are notoriously bad with the numbers. It’s a stupid comment, as that surname is almost as prevalent up there as Johnson.

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tomstickler April 10, 2015 at 9:50 am

I have finally managed to reduce my debunking of the Chmura Economic Impact of I-73 in South Carolina “study” to a tweet:

The 18,856 tourism-related jobs are claimed from 15.2 million tourists a year, each saving 1 to 2 hours travel time on 45 miles of new I-73.

Think that will deter MBACC from running those “29,000 jobs” ads on MB TV?

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Buz Martin April 10, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Not a chance.

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