Sentences handed down in Albany Marine Base Fraud Trial

| December 8, 2015

Albany

ALBANY — Sentencing related to the trial on fraud and corruption charges at the Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base were handed down Tuesday in Albany.

Three men and one woman were sentenced after plea agreements in Federal Court, according to a report from WALB.

The four were charged as part of a 51-count indictment related to accepting bribes in exchange for awarding commercial trucking contracts, stealing equipment from the base, and other fraud charges.

According to the report, 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.  He was a former inventory control manager at the base.  Authorities claim Janes took more than $200,000 in bribes in return for allowing the theft of heavy equipment, including bulldozers, cranes, and front-end loaders.

Mitchell Potts was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $284,000 in restitution.  As the former traffic office supervisor, Potts took nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for commercial trucking business contracts.

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

A final defendent, Kelli Durham, was awaiting sentencing.  She 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 overbilling the U.S. for services ULOC didn’t perform, and receiving more than $900,000 for her role.

 

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