Two former employees of a Marine Corps logistics base in Albany, Ga., have pleaded guilty to taking bribes totaling nearly $750,000 over a three-year period to provide local carriers with business from the base, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
The two men — Mitchell D. Potts and Jeffrey S. Philpot — face maximum prison sentences of 15 years and fines. They have already paid back the bribes and restitution to the Defense Department.
During the scheme, in order to bring business to the local company, the two men delayed shipments for hours or days, reducing the time to fill the shipping requests, which, therefore, made it more likely a local company would get the business. They also short-loaded shipments for the local company and accepted bills for shipments that were never made. - Jon Ross