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Former employees at Albany admit taking bribes

May. 8, 2013 - 03:27PM   |  
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ALBANY, GA. — Two former military base employees in Albany have pleaded guilty to receiving bribes.

Federal prosecutors say 48-year-old Mitchell D. Potts and 35-year-old Jeffrey S. Philpot, both of Sylvester, pleaded guilty Wednesday. They are accused of participating in a scheme to funnel freight hauling business from the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany to a local transportation company. Prosecutors say that resulted in the loss of millions of dollars to the federal government.

Potts was the traffic office supervisor for the Defense Logistics Agency at the base, and Philpot was the lead transportation assistant in the traffic office. Prosecutors say the pair helped the owner of several local commercial trucking companies get business from the agency in exchange for cash and other items of value.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 15.

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