Ripping off the military…and caught

Army scammed into buying golf balls
Civilian faces 15 years in prison after admitting to defrauding government

On paper, the U.S. Army was supposed to be getting “a ball bearing assortment” for $1,409.

It was bad enough that the order form marked up the price from $682.50. But there was something about the order that was way out of bounds: It was for 420 golf balls for a civilian employee at the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Douglas Atwell and Lawson Products salesman Wayne Silbersack are both facing 15 years. Atwell also bought himself a Dell computer and a shed, among other things. Two other civilians have been charged and will be in court next week.