Caltrans Official Charged with Taking $100,000 in Bribes

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A California Department of Transportation official has been arrested on suspicion of taking bribes to award contracts for making public walkways accessible to the disabled.

Alex Morales III of Sacramento was arrested and charged with bribery on Tuesday. He remains jailed and it’s not immediately known whether he has an attorney. A call to a phone listing for him wasn’t immediately returned.

Morales is a Caltrans statewide coordinator for the Americans with Disabilities Act. His job is to make sure that public walkways and bridges comply with the act’s accessibility requirements.

Prosecutors say over four years, Morales took at least $100,000 — in the form of monthly payments and a new Ford SUV — to ensure that Caltrans contracts went to certain people or companies.