0

Man pleads guilty in $1M bribery case

ALBANY, Ga. — An Albany man Wednesday pleaded guilty to federal charges of bribing a public official in the Middle District of Georgia before Judge W. Louis Sands.

According to a press release from the U.S. District Attorney, retired Marine Corps Logistic Base-Albany official, Shelby C. Janes, 67, participated in a scheme with two unnamed individuals, one a “Public Official,” to steal heavy construction equipment from the base.

The release added that Janes made about $98,500 during the about 15-month operation that cost the Department of Defense about $1,075,000.

A Department of Justice spokeswoman in Washington, D.C. said during a telephone interview that in many cases one person involved in a case will plead guilty before other people in the case are charged. In those cases, other suspects are not named until charged.

Referring to the two other men involved in the scheme with Janes as “Person A” and “Public Official A,” the release said Public Official A facilitated the theft of equipment with Janes by falsifying documents and allowing the equipment to be driven off the base.

Person A, the owner of a commercial trucking business that contracted with the base on a regular basis, received the stolen equipment and sold it, the release added.

“The equipment was then sold to private purchasers for tens of thousands of dollars.”

Janes now faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a fine of twice the gain or loss from the offense, the release stated. The release added that Janes agreed as part of his plea to forfeit the bribe proceeds and make full restitution to the Department of Defense.

The case continues under investigation by many federal agencies and with the assistance of the Dougherty County District Attorney’s Office Economic Crime Unit.


From U.S. Attorney's Office:

WASHINGTON – A retired employee of the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany (MCLB-Albany) pleaded guilty today to receiving bribes in exchange for allowing heavy equipment to be stolen from the base for resale, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore for the Middle District of Georgia.

Shelby C. Janes, 67, of Albany, Ga., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands in the Middle District of Georgia to one count of bribery of a public official.

During his guilty plea, Janes, the former civilian inventory control manager of the distribution management center at MCLB-Albany, admitted to participating in a scheme in which he assisted an individual, referred to in court documents as “Person A,” in stealing heavy equipment – such as cranes, bulldozers and front-end loaders – from the base. Person A, the owner of a commercial trucking business that was routinely contracted by the MCLB’s Defense Logistics Agency, then arranged to sell the equipment to private purchasers.

According to court documents, while working at the distribution management center, Janes was responsible for supervising a number of employees in the inventorying of obsolete equipment returning from the Fleet Marine Corps. This equipment was sent to MCLB-Albany for one of two purposes: to be demilitarized and disposed of through eventual sale or destruction, or to be rehabilitated, repaired and redistributed to the Fleet Marine Corps. To accomplish the theft scheme, Janes and one of his employees, referred to in court documents as “Public Official A,” facilitated the theft of the equipment, including by letting the equipment be driven off the base. Janes admitted that to facilitate the unlawful removal of the equipment, he typically prepared a false DD Form 1348 authorizing the Defense Logistics Agency to release the equipment to Person A, and that the equipment was then sold to private purchasers for tens of thousands of dollars.

Janes also admitted that he received payments from Person A after the sale of the stolen equipment, often delivered to him by Public Official A on behalf of Person A in the form of a check or cash, totaling approximately $98,500 during the approximately 15-month scheme. Janes admitted that the total loss to the Department of Defense from the theft of government equipment was approximately $1,075,000.

At sentencing, Janes faces a maximum potential penalty of 15 years in prison and a fine of twice the gain or loss from the offense. As part of his plea agreement with the United States, Janes agreed to forfeit the bribe proceeds he received from the scheme, as well as to pay full restitution to the Department of Defense. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Richard B. Evans and J.P. Cooney of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney K. Alan Dasher of the Middle District of Georgia. The case is being investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, with assistance from the Dougherty County District Attorney’s Office Economic Crime Unit and the Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General Defense Criminal Investigative Service.

Comments

Sister_Ruby 1 year, 2 months ago

Can't wait to see who all these other "Persons" are!

1

whattheheck 1 year, 2 months ago

I am not surprised at anything that happens at the base. Anyone who thinks all is well within the gates of Semper Fi is very sadly mistaken.

0

FryarTuk 1 year, 2 months ago

Janes has nothing to worry about. He'll be sentenced in 19 months and the judge will order a medical exam to determine if he can withstand the pressure of imprisonment which will take another 24 months. After that it's anyone's guess particularly if he's diagnosed with the heartbreak of psoriasis. Go ahead and order your 2013 Alabama football tickets, you'll be just fine.

0

dingleberry 1 year, 2 months ago

Don't think so. He does not have status, friends, or money, took a bribe, and will spend more time in the nick then the others we have seen lately.

0

MRKIA 1 year, 2 months ago

BRINGING THE MCLB ONE STEP CLOSER TO BEING CLOSED BY BRAC.

0

spookj6 1 year, 2 months ago

Need to throw wanna be thug in jail, because his welfare check need be stopped

0

VietVet1 1 year, 2 months ago

Isn't there suppose to be accountability for the equipment? Sure sounds like more are envolved on base.

0

RedEric 1 year, 2 months ago

What did they steal/sell and where is it? That is what may not be revealed. Our government costs would probably drop in half if everyone took an honesty pill. I suspect military spending fraud is on par with welfare fraud, nearly half. Anything the government does involves massive amounts of public fund theft.

0

FryarTuk 1 year, 2 months ago

Both pale in comparison to medicaid/medicare fraud which reach well above $100 billion per year. It's well known that drug lords in Florida and mafia families in NY are switching from trafficking, extortion and bid-rigging in favor of healthcare fraud. The reason being there are no effective checks and offenders get off with a wrist slap or a weak negotiated settlement. As we see from our local federal jurist that is absolutely the case.

0

rock 1 year, 2 months ago

If anyone knows the Inventory controls of the MCLB and the USMC, they would have to wonder where the item managers at 3700 were when all these vehicles were stolen. Every Vehicle in the USMC has a vehicle number assigened to it from cradle to grave. To say James did this all on his own with the help on one lone assistant is suspect, either that or the item managers, do not have any idea where the assets they are responsible for are located and controlled. Also, let us not forget there are investigations on going about bribery and RICO offenses at the traffic offfices of DLA. It may be these are coordianted efforts by a few. Just because this is under reported by the news media, we should not forget and hold people accountable for our tax dollars being stolen or bought for criminal activity. Col Davis is doing a great job of bringing back transparency to the MCLB, and it is shame that he inherited this kind of BS from few MCLB Civilians. Who ever coined the phrase "civilian Marines" did not fully understand the mindset of more than a few in the system who think stealing is not a crime if you steal from the Govt. Marine is a title earned and never just bestowed because one happens to work at a USMC Installation.

0

whattheheck 1 year, 2 months ago

Agree with a lot of what you say as far as what managers should know. This is inexcusable. However, let's not tar and feather only the civilians. Some who say "Semper Fi till I die" have done plenty in the past and did not pay the full penalty because the Corps protects its own when the cammo cloth is worn.

0

whattheheck 1 year, 2 months ago

Agree with a lot of what you say as far as what managers should know. This is inexcusable. However, let's not tar and feather only the civilians. Some who say "Semper Fi" have done plenty in the past, generally related to waste or abuse of funds, and did not pay the full penalty because the Corps protects its own. And, it was Marines who coined the "civilian Marine" term many years ago.

0

rock 1 year, 2 months ago

While it is true that there a few members of the USMC that have committed crimes, we have to look hard at the MCLB Albany. 12 civilians arrested for major drug trafficking, 1 civiilan and 2 outside vendors arrested for bribes (MCA), RICO and bribes Investigation at the DLA traffic office = 4 civilians, Bribery and theft of USMC assets, 1 known civilian + 1 to named later at the Inventory control point. This is all that has been reported in the last year or so. Right now the reported evidence reads the majority of these crimes are committed by the civilan workforce. Not all are bad, but let me restate, people do not think it is stealing when they are stealing from the government. People on base will use copy machines to run school, church and personal projects. People will take goverment supplies to stock their chjildrens backpacks for school, children have been brought in to the workplace and allowed to play on goverment computers while the mothers are working, also there are hundreds of pens, note pads, staples, copy paper etc etc that are removed annually. This is just some of the items people do not think it is stealing. The Marines on this base that I kow and have known are honorable and proud Marines. Some have had major financial struggles, family medical needs, and the gamut of problems we all face, but I have never seen any of them place their career or family in jeopardy to steal. It happens yes, there are a few USMC people that have come into the Marine Corps for criminal gain, but they are caught and dealt with. Read the headlines if you think the USMC is trying to cover-up any wrong doing. Froms the murders at Camp Lejeune, the illegal killings in country, to the rapes on Okinawa are all in the news and the perpertrators caught and dealt with.

0

Sign in to comment