U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town announced Tuesday a lieutenant colonial in the U.S. Army Reserves was sentenced to four years in prison for supplying the Army Recruiting Command with “hundreds of thousands of Chinese-produced baseball caps and backpacks.”The Army paid 50-year-old Frederick Lamar Burnett, owner of Lamar International Inc., millions of dollars for promotional items that he represented as 100 percent American made. Between 2005 and 2009, Burnett defrauded the Defense Department of $6.2 million, according to court documents.
Burnett had received one contract for backpacks and two contracts for baseball caps. These items were utilized for promotional items for Army recruits. He failed to comply with the Berry Amendment and Buy American Act, by supplying the Army with products made in China.
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