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Trucking officials guilty in federal trial

Christopher Whitman Christopher Whitman
Shawn McCarty Shawn McCarty

Jurors read dozens of guilty verdicts at the end of a month-long trucking corruption trial that centered around a Georgia Marine base.

Christopher Whitman, owner of United Industrial of Georgia trucking company, was found guilty on all 57 counts of bribery and defrauding the United States through interstate wire fraud.

Prosecutors say the Sylvester man bought expensive cars and waterfront homes with millions of dollars he over billed the military.

Bradford Newell, a contractor who oversaw base surplus equipment, was found guilty on all 16 counts against him.

Shawn McCarty, a base transportation official, was found guilty on 17 counts and not guilty on 12.

"We are deeply disappointed in the verdict. And we'll continue to represent Chris in the balance of these proceedings," said Ed Garland, the attorney for Whitman.

When asked if they plan to appeal, Garland said decisions had not been made yet.

Prosecutors and Whitman's attorney said they were close to a deal to allow the government to seize Whitman's money and property.

The jury is set to return Wednesday to give their decision on that forfeiture deal.

All three defendants are free pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

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