Three former civilian employees at the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) and one former employee of Georgia-based trucking company United Logistics were sentenced to prison following their guilty pleas to bribery and conspiracy offenses arising from their handling of military trucking contracts and theft of surplus military equipment. Mitchell Potts, the former head of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Transportation Office at the MCLB was sentenced to 10 years; Jeffrey Philpot, the former lead transportation assistant under Potts in the DLA Transportation Office, was sentenced to seven years; Shelby Janes, the former inventory control manager of the Distribution Management Center’s Fleet Support Division (FSD) at the MCLB, was sentenced to two years; and Kelli Durham, the former manager of United Logistics, was sentenced to six months. In addition, they collectively were ordered to pay more than $2 million in forfeiture and restitution. According to court documents, between 2008 and 2012, Potts and Philpot accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from Christopher Whitman, United Logistics co-owner, to assure the company was awarded commercial trucking contracts from the base. DOJ
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