National Guardsman pleads guilty to illegal gratuity

ATLANTA — A Lilburn man and former National Guardsman pleaded guilty on Tuesday to accepting cash and other benefits from a private freight shipper that was awarded contracts to transport military equipment.

Keith Glenn, 48, a former installation transportation officer for the Georgia Army National Guard, worked in the office on Confederate Avenue in Atlanta that supervised the transportation office’s day-to-day operations, which included awarding contracts to private freight carriers, federal authorities said.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Glenn accepted cash, including $5,000 in one meeting at a local restaurant, and plane tickets from someone after he awarded contracts to their company to move Guard equipment and freight. The relationship began after March, 2008 when Glenn reportedly began working for the transportation office.

By awarding the contracts, Glenn violated federal rules and regulations that govern the selection of freight carriers and the process for awarding freight contracts.

“He personally profited from his position by accepting cash and gifts from a freight shipper and will now be held accountable for breaking the law and the public trust,” Yates said.

Glenn was charged on June 4 with one count of accepting an illegal gratuity. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 27 before U.S. District Judge William S. Duffey, Jr. He could receive a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.