Former Stennis Foreman To Be Sentenced

A former welding shop foreman at the Stennis Space Center will be sentenced Nov. 6 for taking kickbacks from vendors at the Hancock County facility.

U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton said Dubois Ladner, 53, of Poplarville, was indicted by a federal grand jury in April. Ladner pleaded guilty to the kickback charges on Aug. 19.

Lampton said Friday that Ladner was employed as a welding shop foreman by Johnson Controls World Services Inc., a NASA contractor at the space and technology center. He later worked for Mississippi Space Services, the prime contractor at the space center.

Ladner pleaded guilty to receiving money and other gratuities from a vendor. In return, Ladner would place orders with the vendor for materials and products that were not needed at the center.

Ladner was the 13th person charged in an investigation aimed at cracking down on illegal activity at Stennis and keeping it from happening in the future.