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Florida man pleads guilty to bribery at MCLB

A trucking company owner and two others were sentenced to prison and ordered to pay millions in restitution after being convicted in federal court. A trucking company owner and two others were sentenced to prison and ordered to pay millions in restitution after being convicted in federal court.
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Christopher Whitman Christopher Whitman
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A former agent for a large national trucking company has plead guilty for paying bribes to officials at the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany, to get lucrative freight-hauling business.

Ivan Dwight Brannan, 60, of Jupiter, Florida, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands in Albany to one count of bribery of a public official.   No details were given on his sentence.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell and Acting U.S. Attorney G.F. Peterman III made the announcement Wednesday.

Brannan admitted that from 2006 to 2012, he provided cash and other items of value to Mitchell Potts, a former traffic office supervisor for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) at MCLB-Albany, to ensure that his trucking company client was awarded millions of dollars of business.

Brannan also admitted that he directed truck driver David Nelson to provide cash and other things of value amounting to $120,000 to both Potts and Jeffrey Philpot, another official in the DLA Traffic Office.

Potts and Philpot both plead guilty to one count of bribery of a public official and were sentenced to 10 years and seven years in prison, respectively, for their roles in the conspiracy. 

Christopher Whitman, 49, was sentenced to 22 years in prison in an Albany.

Nelson pleaded guilty to one count of bribery of a public official in 2014, and awaits sentencing.  

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