MONROE – After a contractor sued the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) over a 2007 incident involving departmental corruption, a unanimous jury decided in favor of the plaintiff, awarding Jeff Mercer his $20 million claim earlier this month.
Mercer filed suit eight years ago after refusing to bribe Willis Jenkins, a DOTD inspector. According to the suit, Jenkins allegedly told Mercer “if you want this job to go better, it’s going to take some green.” Jenkins also allegedly demanded a generator as a bribe.
Mercer said that after reporting the bribe to higher-ups, the corruption continued.
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