Two former Blackwater execs get probation, fine

By on February 22, 2013

Two one-time executives of the security contractor once known as Blackwater were sentenced last week on charges related to federal weapons violations at the Moyock-based company.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Greenville announced Thursday that former Blackwater president Gary Jackson and former executive vice president/vice president of operations William Wheeler Matthews Jr. pleaded guilty on Feb. 14 to one count each of failing to make and maintain records related to firearms.

U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced Jackson and Matthews to three years probation, four months house arrest with stipulations, and a fine of $5,000.

According to court documents, Jackson and Matthews had responsibilities between 2005 and 2007 that included direct or indirect supervisory authority over employees whose duties included the making and maintenance of records required by federal law.

Prosecutors said the pair failed to make and maintain or cause to be made and maintained adequate records specifying the actual location where firearms were stored at the company headquarters west of Moyock, and failed to make and maintain required records with respect to registration of certain firearms.

The company, now known as Academi, has entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the government in which it has agreed to extensive ongoing compliance programs and the payment of approximately $7 million in fines, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office statement.

Blackwater was accused of breaking a number of federal statutes for automatic weapons possession, and the shipment of weapons and technology to certain countries that violated several treaties.

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