Three south Georgia men have just been indicted in connection with a multi-million dollar fraud and theft scheme to defraud the federal government.
This is in connection with heavy equipment stolen from MCLB, bribery, and fraudulent trucking contracts the men engineered.
Rich Evans of the U. S. Attorney's Washington Office says that Christopher Whitman, Bradford Newell, and Shawn McCarty all face multiple federal charges, each of which carries a possible 20 year sentence if they are convicted. U. S. Attorney Michael Moore of the Middle DIstrict of Georgia is also involved ion the prosecution of the case for the government.
Whitman and Newell are indicted for 30 counts of wire fraud, and three counts of bribery and theft of government property. McCarty is charged with wire fraud and bribery.
The government says that Whitman's trucking company, United Industrial of Georgia, AKA United Logistics, and CMK Trucking, defrauded the federal government out of $17 million in fraudulent contracts, and stole over a million dollars worth of heavy equipment outright; simply driving it off base, and selling it.
The attorney says these crimes took place between 2008 and 2012.
All three men are being held at undisclosed locations, and will have formal arraignments next week.
Last year, 67 year old Shelby Janes, the former inventory control manager of the base's distribution management center, pled guilty to arranging for heavy equipment like cranes and bulldozers to be driven off the base, and sold.
Also last January, 43 year old Thomas Cole Junior and 55 year old Frederick Simon admitted to a scheme, whereby they paid an MCLB purchase tech to give business to their machine products, exceeding the fair market value for the products by as much as 1,000 percent.
Federal authorities have never named the purchase tech, but Cole and Simon said they paid that official $161,000.