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Guilty plea in Albany stolen equipment case

Feb. 13, 2013 - 07:49PM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 13, 2013 - 07:49PM  |  
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ALBANY, Ga. — A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes to allow a thief to steal $1 million worth of equipment from an Albany Marine base.

U.S. Attorney's officials say 67-year-old Shelby Janes, of Albany, pleaded guilty Wednesday to bribery of a public official in the Middle District of Georgia.

Janes, former civilian inventory control manager at a Marine Corps Logistics Base, said he helped an unidentified person steal cranes, bulldozers, front-end loaders and more from the base. The equipment was meant to be repaired or destructed but was resold instead.

Janes told officials the equipment was worth over $1 million, and he received a nearly $100,000 kickback in the scheme.

Janes faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and is ordered to pay restitution to the Department of Defense.

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