New inspector general hired to root out turnpike corruption

Washington County native Morrow is veteran of FBI

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HARRISBURG -- Following allegations in 2013 of bid-rigging and bribery, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has named a new inspector general, the agency announced Wednesday.

Ray Morrow, a 20-year FBI veteran from Washington County, will work with the state police and be responsible for examining reports of theft, fraud and waste at the turnpike, according to the agency.

Mr. Morrow was an FBI undercover agent, white-collar crime supervisor and special agent-in-charge of the bureau's Pittsburgh office. He also worked in the private sector conducting corporate investigations.

He will be the second person to hold the inspector general post at the commission, according to an agency spokeswoman; the previous official retired in September.

Mr. Morrow began his job last Thursday.

In March 2013, charges were filed against former top turnpike officials and others, accusing them of crimes related to the procurement process that allegedly inflated costs and steered contributions to politicians.

Mr. Morrow said he took the job because he believes turnpike CEO Mark Compton and chief compliance officer David Gentile -- also a former FBI agent -- are committed to doing things the right way.

"That was a huge part of the decision," Mr. Morrow said. "I wanted to make sure the upper management [believed] in this."

The commission has a tip line to report suspected waste, fraud or corruption by calling 1-888-317-3110, via email at or in writing to "PTC Tip Box," P.O. Box 19, Highspire, PA 17034-0019.

Kate Giammarise:, 1-717-787-4254 or on Twitter @KateGiammarise.

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