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CrimeDon takes Government Transportation for a $20 Million Fraud Ride!

chris   I am forever amazed at how an individual can convince someone else to commit a crime with him or her that will lead him or her to be incarcerated. Nevertheless, it happens all the time and the participators gain is far less than the mastermind behind the crime.

Today CrimeDon, Christopher Whitman, 49, of Albany, Ga, owner of United Industrial of Georgia trucking company, is such a person that professional demeanor allowed him to talk several government officials into committing crime against the Marine Corps Logistics Base, in Albany, GA.

According to records, Mr. Whitman was found guilty of 57 counts of bribery and defrauding the United States through interstate wire fraud, [43 counts of money, property, and honest services wire fraud- now there’s a new crime I haven’t heard of. I’ll have to check that out an honest crime, really! five counts of bribery and one count of theft of government property ]. With the help of government officials; Bradford Newell a contractor who oversaw the base surplus, and Shawn McCarty, base transportation. 

Now these aren’t the only government employees who got a piece of the money, according to records, Mr. Whitman paid nearly $1 million in bribes to Mitchell Potts, the former traffic office supervisor for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) at MCLB-Albany, Jeff Philpot, the former lead transportation assistant in the traffic office, and Shawn McCarty, another transportation assistant in the traffic office, to obtain commercial trucking business from the DLA. The indictment alleges that Potts, Philpot and McCarty used their official positions to defraud the government and benefit ULOC by helping ULOC obtain transportation contracts loaded with unnecessary premium-priced requirements – including expedited service; removable gooseneck trailers, which do not require a loading dock and are therefore more expensive than standard trailers; and exclusive use, which requires that freight be shipped separately from other equipment – even if that results in a truck not being filled to capacity. Mr. Whitman and ULOC brokered these shipments for service without the premium specifications and on fewer trucks than requisitioned by DLA, but they billed the government at rates approved by the corrupt officials. Their actions resulted in ULOC profits grossing more than $20 million over less than four years.

Mr. Whitman additionally, orchestrated and sold surplus equipment from MCLB-Albany worth more than $1 million. Mr. Whitman paid approximately $200,000 in total bribes to Shelby Janes, the former inventory control manager of the Distribution Management Center (DMC) at MCLB-Albany, and Newell, an assistant to Janes, who used their official positions to help Whitman steal surplus equipment from the base, including bulldozers, cranes, and front-end loaders. Mr. Whitman improved and painted the stolen equipment.

Just like Mr. Whitman, all these employees of the government will get their share of government prison time.

Was it worth it?

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