Alabama freight broker reaches plea deal on charges of bribing guardsmen

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 9/10/2014

An Alabama freight broker facing multiple felony counts of bribery and mail fraud has reached a plea deal that will exempt his wife from prosecution, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court of Alabama.

The defendant, 60-year-old Daniel Boyd, of Vance, Ala., was charged earlier this month with two counts of bribery and two counts of mail fraud in connection with a scheme to secure military transport contracts to the two companies he represented as a freight broker.

Federal prosecutors charged Boyd with bribing two National Guard officials to steer military transport contracts totaling $441,698 to Crimson Express and U.S. Transport in 2011. 

The agreement stipulates that Boyd must plead guilty to all charges and testify against others who are believed to have been involved. One of the National Guard officials Boyd is charged with bribing, Timothy Wooten, 52, a traffic management specialist for the Guard Bureau’s U.S. Property and Fiscal Office in South Carolina, pleaded guilty in June to three wire fraud counts and one count of accepting bribes in a related prosecution.

The second Guardsmen Boyd is charged with bribing is a traffic management specialist for the Guard’s U.S. Property and Fiscal Office in Florida. The Florida official is identified in the court documents as K.T.

Wooten and K.T.’s duties with the National Guard Bureau included procuring funding for and arranging the movement of personnel, items and equipment. The two Guard traffic management specialists were able to steer the contracts to Boyd’s companies by overriding the government's electronic system that generated a list of “Best Value Carriers” for a freight shipment so that they could manually select a company for the contract, according to court records.

Boyd received total commissions of about $156,386 on the $441,698 in transportation contracts awarded to Crimson Express and U.S. Transport, according to the plea agreement. In exchange, Boyd paid bribes of about $20,252 to K.T. and about $29,742 to Wooten, per the plea agreement.

Boyd and K.T. agreed in January 2011 that Boyd would hire K.T. when he left his National Guard service at the end of February 2011. During that February, K.T. used his position to award transportation contracts to Boyd's Crimson Express. In exchange, he received about 50 percent of the commissions Boyd earned on those contracts.

Boyd’s agreement with Wooten began in October 2011, according to the pair’s plea agreements. In exchange for Wooten using his position to award contracts to Boyd’s companies, Boyd paid Wooten about 25 percent of the commissions he received on the contracts.

Boyd’s wife’s role, according to the plea agreement, was to write checks to Wooten’s wife to pay the bribes he promised. The U.S. Postal Service delivered those checks from Alabama to Lexington, S.C., where Wooten lived.

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