Ex-Navy range manager pleads guilty to accepting kickbacks

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former Navy range manager has pleaded guilty to accepting illegal kickbacks and selling excess government equipment to scrappers.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports (http://bit.ly/1kc5FB9 ) that 79-year-old Harry Mann of Manns Harbor pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to accepting illegal gratuities while employed by the Navy at the Dare County Bombing Range.

The range provides training support for the Navy and Marine Corps.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement that between 2005 and 2011 Mann requested and received $16 million in excess government property including trucks, bulldozers, trailers and cranes.

The statement said Mann sold the property without authorization to local metal scrappers, who paid him a percentage of the profits. The scrappers told authorities they paid Mann around $175,000.

Mann will be sentenced in January.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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