Fraud Charges

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A federal indictment accuses a Fort Benning construction project manager and an Alabama man of defrauding the government.

38-year-old James Cullefer of Cataula, Georgia, and 40-year-old Raymond Cox of Dothan, have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the government, wire fraud and bribery of a public official.

The indictment claims Cullefer, who supervised construction and payment for projects at Fort Benning, conspired with Cox in a scheme that lasted from January 1999 to November 2003.

Cox's two companies worked on post exchange contracts for which
Cullefer was the post supervisor, according to the indictment. Cullefer allegedly used his position to obtain personal benefits, including direct payment of money from Cox and other contractors.

The indictment says Cox's company issued $78,000 in checks and bank wire transfers to Cullefer and others for Cullefer's benefit and falsely recording those payments as legitimate expenses.