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Feds: defendant paid only $100 of $149,000 restitution

April 22, 2019

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Federal authorities say a man who pleaded guilty in connection with dumping military explosives in Louisiana has paid only $100 toward more than $149,000 restitution, so the government is garnishing his investment account.

Online court records show that William Terry Wright was sent a notice on Monday that up to $149,033 will be taken.

Wright was vice president of operations at Explo Systems, which had an Army contract to “demilitarize” artillery propellant at a Louisiana National Guard site called Camp Minden.

Wright and four others pleaded guilty to conspiracy or related charges of making false statements or submitting false documents.

Wright is serving five years in Texarkana, Texas. The federal inmate locator shows a May 2023 release date.

Defense attorney Donald Hathaway says Wright didn’t arrange for payments before reporting to prison, and the government is acting to recover what is owed.

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This story has been corrected to show that some defendants pleaded guilty to charges related to a conspiracy, rather than to conspiracy.

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