Navy investigates fraud involving silencers

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Navy investigates fraud involving silencers
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (July. 21, 2012) Navy SEALs conduct a capabilities exercise at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story during the 43rd annual Underwater Demolition Team (UDT)-Sea, Air and Land (SEAL) East Coast Reunion. The annual reunion started in 1969 and has expanded into a weekend of events, contests, and a SEAL capabilities exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William S. Parker/Released)

The Navy is investigating fraud involving silencers. The new scandal involves several Navy intelligence officers. They are accused of being involved in a shady contract that overcharged the Navy by more than a million.

The three Navy officers are considered civilians, and they are accused of a serious scheme, according to the Washington Post. The three officers ordered custom-made silencers that actually cost $8,000. However, they charged the Navy $1.6 million for them.

The new scandal adds another layer of embarrassment. The latest fraud case is filled with issues. First, it is still not clear who actually got to use the silencers for the weapons or why they were even ordered. Second, many people are left wondering how the Navy did not notice the scheme earlier. The Washington Post reported “According to the court papers, one of the intelligence officials told a witness in the case that the silencers were intended for SEAL Team 6″.

This is the second time in recent months that senior Navy officers have been involved in a shady operation. The previous scheme involved bribery, and this one involved a strange contract. Lawmakers and officials are concerned that the Navy’s oversight has failed to catch these two cases until now.

The three officers involved in the scheme have not been charged. However, there is an active investigation and each one has a lawyer. They are currently on leave, so they are not working. The case also appears to involve nepotism since the mechanic in charge of making the silencers was related to one of the officers.

Mark Landersman, the mechanic hired to make the silencers, has been charged. He is currently out on bond and has a lawyer. The officers involved in the scheme constructed an easy way to get the silencers. They took $2 million from the budget and moved it into another contract. Then, they told the contractor, CACI, to buy the silencers from Mark Landersman. The mechanic paid another man to make the silencers and lied by saying they were just car parts. They were later shipped but never used by anyone in the Navy.

The case appears to be one brother trying to help another brother during a difficult financial time. Mark Landersman’s brother may have wanted to aid him because he was going through bankruptcy. However, the corruption involved in this case has shocked many in the Navy. The blatant contract manipulation and charges are impossible to ignore. The three Navy officers’ plans have been revealed through emails, so there is evidence against them. The case is disturbing, and it is not over.

 

 

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