Supplier of defective military parts gets 3 years in prison
By KATHY LYNN GRAY | The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio | Published: April 11, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A former bodybuilder who supplied defective self-locking nuts to the U.S. military should serve three years in prison, a federal judge decided Thursday.
U.S. District Judge James L. Graham handed down that sentence to Martin D. Geyer and ordered him to pay restitution of $41,340. Geyer, 54, said he will appeal.
He pleaded guilty in September to one count of mail fraud for shipping the parts to the military, one count of possessing a firearm while using a controlled substance, and one count of possessing anabolic steroids.
Investigators found the steroids, nine guns and ammunition when they searched Geyer’s Norwich Township home in 2010.
“He was a ticking time bomb which could well have exploded in a very literal sense,” Graham said, noting that the guns in Geyer’s home were fully loaded. “His house was fortified.”
Defense attorney James D. Gilbert painted Geyer as a paranoid, deeply troubled man who came from an abusive family, had no friends, and used alcohol and drugs as a crutch.
“He existed, but he existed as a ghost,” Gilbert said.
Geyer operated Wellworth Fastener Products out of his Renner Road home when he sold nuts, bolts and screws to the U.S. Department of Defense in 2009. He claimed on invoices that the parts met Defense Department specifications, but they did not.
Investigators said the defective parts were considered “critical application items,” meaning their failure could lead to the death or injury of military personnel. The parts were used in nuclear power plants and for military aircraft.
Geyer now lives in Wentworth, Ga. He could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison on the mail-fraud charge, 10 years on the firearms charge and one year on the steroids charge.
Graham ordered him to surrender to prison within 60 days.