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Former BOP Federal Prison Industries Factory Manager Sentenced for Making False Statements


On March 11, 2021, a retired Factory Manager for the BOP’s Federal Prison Industries, also known as UNICOR, previously assigned to the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, was sentenced to eight months of imprisonment and eighteen months of supervised release including 8 months of home detention with location monitoring, as well as ordered to pay $23,475 in restitution for two counts of false statements.  Shawn Whitecotton was sentenced in the Southern District of Illinois.  According to the factual statement in support of the guilty plea, on or about February 11, 2016, Whitecotton knowingly made false statements on an Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Form 450 Annual Financial Disclosure form, in which he failed to disclose more than $20,000 in outside income he received from a UNICOR contractor, PGB Hanger, LLC, and failed to disclose that he held a position in a business entity outside of the United States Government.  The investigation was conducted by the OIG’s Chicago Field Office, the OIG’s Cyber Investigations Office, and the FBI.  

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