Truckers plead guilty to overcharging Army engineers Two Baltimore men overbill by $123,000.

August 02, 1991|By Kelly Gilbert | Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff

Two Baltimore area truckers have pleaded guilty to criminal charges for overcharging the Army Corps of Engineers $123,000 for rock and stone they hauled to Chesapeake Bay harbor improvement projects in three Maryland counties.

The defendants, Elwood G. "Sonny" Trapp Jr., 38, of the 600 block of Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum, and Guy A. Moore Jr., 55, of Mt. Airy, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to one count each of conspiring to submit false claims to the government on the Army contracts.

Prosecutor Joyce K. McDonald said Trapp and Moore, operating as Maryland Trucking Service, installed heavy steel reinforcements on dump trucks to increase their weight.

McDonald said the defendants overstated the weight of the rock and stone they delivered to the Army by one to three tons per load, and submitted invoices to the Army that showed the inflated tonnage.

The government learned of the fraud from an informant, McDonald said.

In investigating the case, agents of the Army's Major Procurement Fraud Unit at Fort Meade examined records and "weighed every truck" used by the defendants to determine the true weights, McDonald said.

Court papers said the projects affected by the fraud were a stone breakwater and jetty at Deal Island in Somerset County, navigation modifications to Herring Creek in St. Mary's County and repairs to the Claiborne Harbor stone revetment in Talbot County.

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