- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A former Bettendorf city official has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a municipal contractor.

The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Iowa says former Bettendorf city electrician Robert Webster, of Davenport, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to five bribery counts.

Prosecutors say officials with Brown Traffic Products of Davenport provided cash, vacations, sporting tickets and meals to influence Webster and to reward him for steering lucrative contracts to their firm. Webster’s guilty plea came on the third day of his trial.

The company received $2 million in business from Bettendorf between 2004 and 2011.

Three former company executives - Robert Budd Jr., Daniel Fuchs and David Schiltz - have also pleaded guilty in the case.

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