- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Another executive of a municipal contractor has pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme to bribe a former Bettendorf city official.

Former Brown Traffic Products director Robert Budd Jr. pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy. He’s the third former executive of the Davenport-based company, which helps control traffic flows in many cities, to plead guilty.

Prosecutors say they provided cash, vacations, sporting tickets and meals to influence then-Bettendorf city electrician Robert Webster and to reward him for steering lucrative contracts to their firm. Webster’s pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

Budd admitted that he paid for Webster’s meals and signed off on payments to cover Webster’s travel and vacations, including to a NASCAR race and conferences.

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

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