RTD supervisor from Aurora sentenced to prison in bribery case

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AURORA | A Regional Transportation District supervisor from Aurora was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison this week after being convicted of accepting bribes in connection to his job.

Kenneth P. Hardin, 62, was convicted of three of four counts of taking bribes in connection with his official duties in February.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office in Denver, in addition to the prison term, Hardin was ordered to pay $4,000.

Federal prosecutors said that in his role as senior manager of RTD’s Civil Rights Division, which included community outreach and complaint investigation, Hardin accepted a series of payments in 2014 to influence his work on RTD business.

The bribes included $1,000 in May and June 2014, and $2,000 in September 2014.

“The public rightly demands that its public servants behave with the highest integrity, free of self-dealing and corruption,” U.S. Attorney John Walsh said in a statement announcing the sentence.   “Defendant Hardin engaged in the most corrupt of actions – taking bribes – and profoundly abused the public’s trust.”