- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - A grand jury has accused a supervisor at the Georgia Department of Transportation of accepting bribes so others could improperly dump dirt on state properties.

George Bell was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of conspiracy and accepting bribes. He was arraigned Friday in Atlanta.

Investigators said Bell accepted bribes of $600 and $1,100 during May 2014 to permit the dumping. Federal officials allege in court filings that Bell obtained roughly $15,000 as a result of the scheme.

It was not clear Saturday whether Bell had a defense attorney. He could not be reached for comment.

Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said he was appalled by the allegations. He promised to clean up and fix any damage caused by the dumping once the investigation is closed.

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