COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina transportation official has been sentenced to 45 days of home confinement and 18 months of probation for telling someone to destroy emails before the FBI could read them.
Former Department of Transportation Commissioner John Hardee, 72, said Wednesday he panicked when a business associate said the FBI wanted to see his emails.
The associate had paid Hardee $27,000 in consulting fees and Hardee’s lawyer said he had a sudden bout of fear and asked the emails be destroyed.
News outlets report that prosecutors said they could not prove Hardee was paid the money to award DOT contracts.
Hardee was a DOT commissioner from 1998 to 2007 and again from 2014 through 2018. The expressway to Columbia’s airport is named for him.