Company that led Richland dirt road program was involved in West Virginia bribery scheme

The former manager tasked with paving Richland County’s dirt roads previously pleaded guilty in federal court to being involved with kickbacks paid to a West Virginia highway official.

The Dennis Corp. of Columbia, which managed the county’s dirt roads program as part of the penny tax program from 2015 to 2017, was caught up in a highway kickback scandal that led to sentences against the company president and two former employees, federal court documents show.

Company president Dan Dennis pleaded guilty in a February 2017 hearing to the felony charge of conspiring to impede the IRS in collecting taxes on illicit income paid out in bribes. He was sentenced to two years’ probation and fined $5,000.