- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

DENVER (AP) - A former manager for the Denver-area Regional Transportation District has been convicted of taking bribes from a contractor.

Kenneth Hardin was found guilty Wednesday on three of four counts related for accepting bribes in connection with his official duties as a senior manager at RTD.

Federal investigators say Hardin’s duties at RTD included directing and managing the operations of RTD’s Civil Rights Division. Authorities say in exchange for cash, Hardin lobbied RTD to renew Access-a-Ride contracts in 2011, 2102 and 2013.

Authorities say the program involved federal funds and provides for penalties of up to 10 years in prison, and up to $250,000 in fines for each of the three counts.

Hardin is scheduled to be sentenced on May 16.

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