- Associated Press - Friday, January 25, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A man who spent more than a decade on the board overseeing South Carolina roads has agreed to plead guilty to tampering with evidence in a federal investigation.

The State newspaper uncovered the plea agreement to the felony signed Jan. 18 by 71-year-old John Hardee.

The newspaper says no documents with details about the charge have been filed.

Hardee was on the South Carolina Department of Transportation board from 1998 to 2007 and from 2014 to 2018. The expressway to Columbia’s airport is named for him.

Prosecutors and Hardee’s lawyer Dick Harpootlian said they won’t comment at this time. Harpootlian was recently elected to the state Senate.

Hardee’s father-in-law is 38-year state Senate veteran Hugh Leatherman. Hardee’s other lawyer Jim Griffin said the charge had nothing to do with Leatherman.

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