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Judge hands down sentences in MCLB corruption trial

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Three men and one woman are being sentenced after plea agreements in federal court after being charged in a corruption scheme at Albany's Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB).

The group were charged in a 51-count indictment for their participation in widespread fraud and corruption schemes at the base.

Shelby Janes was sentenced to 24 months in prison and ordered to pay $75,000 in restitution. He pleaded guilty to one count of bribery.

Janes was a former inventory control manager at a base distribution center.

Prosecutors said Janes took more than $200,000 in bribes and helped steal surplus equipment from the base, including bulldozers, cranes, and front-end loaders.

Mitchell Potts was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $284,000 in restitution.

Potts was a former traffic office supervisor for  Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) at MCLB.

According to the indictment, Potts, along with Jeff Philpot and others took nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for commercial trucking business from the DLA.

Philpot was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay $573,662 in restitution. He was a former lead assistant in the traffic office of the DLA at the base.

Prosecutors said Philpot took bribes with Potts for commercial trucking business, and both used their official positions to defraud the government.

Kelli Durham was sentenced to six months in federal prison, and six months of home confinement.

Durham was a former manager of United Industrial of Georgia Inc. (also known as ULOC), and pleaded guilty in 2013 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, admitting to intentionally over billing the U.S. for services ULOC didn't perform, and receiving more than $900,000 for her role.

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