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Army Reserves officer from Madison gets 4 years for defrauding government

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Federal authorities say 50-year-old Lt. Col. Frederick Burnett, of Madison, Alabama, received millions under contracts with the Army stating he must supply promotional items for the Recruiting Command that were "100% U.S. Made."

Posted: Nov. 28, 2017 7:17 PM
Updated: Nov. 28, 2017 7:18 PM

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a high-ranking Army Reserves officer to four years in prison and ordered him to forfeit $4.4 million for fraudulently supplying hundreds of thousands of Chinese-produced baseball caps and backpacks to the Army Recruiting Command and passing them off as American-made.

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Federal authorities say 50-year-old Lt. Col. Frederick Burnett, of Madison, Alabama, received millions under contracts with the Army stating he must supply promotional items for the Recruiting Command that were "100% U.S. Made." A federal jury convicted Burnett in April on three counts of wire fraud for using his Huntsville-based company, Lamar International Inc., in the scheme to defraud the Defense Department on three contracts, worth $6.2 million, between 2005 and 2009.

U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn sentenced Burnett on Tuesday.

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11/28/2017 5:27:10 PM (GMT -6:00)

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