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Two arrested for bribery scheme at Albany Marine Corps base

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ALBANY — A former agent and former driver for a national trucking company were sentenced to prison for paying bribes to officials at Logistics Base-Albany in order to obtain lucrative freight-hauling business.

The sentence was announced Friday morning by Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney G.F. Peterman III of the Middle District of Georgia.

Ivan Dwight Brannan, 61, of Jupiter, Fla., and David R. Nelson, 55, of Lucedale, Miss., were sentenced to 48 months and 24 months in prison, respectively, by U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands of the Middle District of Georgia, who also ordered each man to serve three years of supervised release.

Brannan was additionally ordered to forfeit $120,000, and Nelson was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, officials said.

In connection with their guilty pleas, Brannan, the agent, and Nelson, the driver, admitted that from 2006-2012, they provided cash and other items of value to Mitchell Potts, a former traffic office supervisor for the Defense Logistics Agency at MCLB-Albany, and Jeffrey Philpot, another official in the DLA traffic office, to ensure their trucking company client was awarded millions of dollars in business at MCLB.

In the same timeframe, Brannan and Nelson paid at least $120,000 in bribes to Potts and Philpot. Potts and Philpot both previously pleaded guilty to two counts of bribery of a public official for their roles in this scheme as well as another one.

Potts and Philpot were previously sentenced to 10 years and seven years in prison, respectively, officials said.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service investigated the case. Trial Attorney John Keller of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney K. Alan Dasher of the Middle District of Georgia prosecuted the case.

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