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Second man pleads guilty in freight shipment bribe deal

NORFOLK, Va. — An Alabama man pleaded guilty today in a case involving bribes paid to a Coast Guard petty officer.

Huffman Earl Monk, 52, of Brookwood, Ala., pleaded guilty to wire fraud and paying bribes to Coast Guard Transportation Officer Nathan Allen Dunn, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride.

Over a two-year period, Monk paid out more than $220,000 in bribe payments to Dunn, the release said. The total loss to the United States based on contracts Monk fraudulently received from Dunn was more than $1 million.

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The release cited a statement of facts saying Monk owned and operated 12 fright brokerage companies headquartered in Brookwood. Many of those companies contracted with Department of Defense Transportation Command to ship military-related freight.

Dunn was an active duty petty officer assigned as a transportation administrator at the Surface Forces Logistics Center in Norfolk. One of his jobs was to coordinate the shipping of freight between Coast Guard bases around the country.

In September 2009, Monk met with Dunn in Norfolk and offered his a kickback in exchange for issuing contracts to Monk’s companies. Dunn agreed to the offer and soon began getting debit cards linked to several of Monk’s business bank accounts.

Further, Monk and Dunn manipulated data entered into the Transportation Command computer system to inflate Monk’s profits, the release said. The two also created fake contracts and awarded them to Monk’s companies.

A federal grand jury indicted Monk on May 23, 2012. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 24.

Dunn, 30, formerly of Virginia Beach and now living near Birmingham, Ala., pleaded guilty last week. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced April 29.  

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