Former Bombing Range Manager Indicted In Million Dollar Theft Case

The former manager of a Navy bombing range in Dare County has been indicted by a federal grand jury on theft charges, nearly two years after more than $6-million in cash was seized from the man.

A grand jury in Elizabeth City earlier this month charged Harry Mann in a multi-count indictement.

Mann was manager of the Dare County Bombing Range, starting in 2003, according to the indictment which was obtained by WITN News.

It says Mann worked with two salvage business owners from Chowan County, Rudy Lozano and John Williams, as well as other unnamed companies in North Carolina and Virginia, to steal surplus federal property that was stored at the bombing range.

The indictment says the thefts happened mostly at night or on the weekends to avoid detection and that Mann even provided a government owned low boy to help remove some of the stolen property.

The feds say they seized $5.4 million from Mann's bank account at Navy Federal, $245,037 from Mann's home, and another $39,668 from Mann's account at East Carolina Bank. The government wants Mann to forfeit that seized money.

Mann is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court on April 24th.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh says Lozano is scheduled to plead guilty next month, while Williams pleaded guilty last week.


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