Former fed prosecutor claims Jeff Coleman is lying

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVY) -- Former U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles of South Carolina flew to Alabama last Friday to respond to allegations that a fraud lawsuit filed against Jeff Coleman's moving company was politically motivated.

Former U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles of South Carolina (Source: WTVY)

The Department of Justice, in 2012, claimed Coleman Worldwide over billed the military for transporting household furnishings for U.S. Troops. An investigation found the fraud “widespread and systematic.”

That lawsuit settled in 2015 when Coleman agreed to pay a $5 million fine. Nettles said he agreed to that settlement because Coleman would have gone bankrupt had it been convicted of the charges and its 2500 employees would have lost their jobs.

Coleman claims Nettles, an appointee of President Obama, unfairly targeted his company. Coleman has responded only in a written statement.

You can see the interview with Nettles above.

(Note: Nettles appeared alongside Troy King, a Coleman opponent. Nettles said he is not endorsing any candidate in the Second District race and paid his own expenses to travel to Alabama).