Trucking Company Owner Slammed with Fine & Jail Time for Bilking the Marine Corps

October 6, 2015

Trucking Owner Gets Fined and Jailed

One of the most honest businesses in the world is OTR trucking. You pick up freight, you deliver it, you bill the receiver and they pay the bill. Pretty simple, if you ask me, and honesty through billing, while delivering the freight in a timely manner, always means repeat business. And that's what a successful trucking operation is all about.

Don't Mess with the Marine Corps

Of course, there are always going to be some unscrupulous people out there who think they can pull a fast one. Take the case of one Christopher Whitman, owner of United Industrial Trucking of Georgia. It seems he had a contract with a Marine Corps base to deliver goods on a regular basis, and he got a little greedy. Here's the blurb about it. Christopher Whitman was sentenced in an Albany federal courtroom late Thursday afternoon after his conviction on 57 counts of bribery and defrauding the government.

Prosecutors said Whitman and two others participated in bribes to over-bill the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany by tens of millions of dollars for trucking contracts between 2008 and 2012.

Stupid is As Stupid Does

Take a lesson from Forrest Gump. You don't want to bribe or defraud anyone in this business. Not only is it completely illegal and unethical, but when you get caught, and you will, you'll have to pay the consequences.

Worse than that, you never want to even consider doing something like this to a Government institution, especially a Military branch of the service. If you get busted, like Mr Whitman did, you are going to be spending some serious time in the big house, on top of all of the millions of dollars in fines you'll owe. That's stupid is as stupid does.

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