15 months for $1M theft from Archives
A former National Archives employee was sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in a scheme to steal nearly $1 million from the archives, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland.
James Clay Whitson, 45, of Nottingham, Md., who had been a property management specialist for an Archives facility in College Park, was involved in a scam with another man who had a contract to provide facility management services, authorities said.
Whitson, who had a government purchase card, paid his partner for services that were never received or paid inflated prices. The two split the proceeds.
For instance, court records filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt show, Whitson paid his partner, Robert Caleb McCray, $50,000 to clean fabric panels. In fact, McCray paid an outside company about $1,627 to do the work.
Another time, Whitson arranger for the Archives to pay one of McCray's companies $14,599 to construct furniture. The workers got only about $900.
Federal authorities said the total loss to the Archives was about $958,280. McCray, 44, of Silver Spring, has pleaded guilty in connection with his role in the scheme. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
| November 30, 2010; 7:57 AM ET
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