Lucedale man admits to bribing GA military base officials

Lucedale man admits to bribing GA military base officials

ALBANY, GA (WLOX) - A Lucedale man admitted he bribed officials at a Georgia military base for business deals.

According to a press release from the Department of Justice, David R. Nelson, 55, was a driver for a national trucking company. From 2006 to 2012, Nelson and Ivan Brannan, 61, of Jupiter, FL, paid at least $120,000 in bribes to two public officials at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, GA, to ensure their trucking company client was awarded millions of dollars in business.

The duo also admitted they paid cash and gave other items of value to Mitchell Potts, a former traffic office supervisor for the Defense Logistics Agency at the military base, and Jeffrey Philpot, another official in the DLA traffic office.

Nelson was sentenced to two years behind bars and a $10,000 fine. Brannan will spend four years in prison and has to pay $120,000 in fines.

Potts and Philpot both pleaded guilty to two counts of bribery of a public official for their roles in this scheme and another similar one. Potts and Philpot were previously sentenced to 10 years and seven years in prison.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service investigated the case.

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