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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:00 am

Former Dare County Bombing Range manager Harry Mann appeared in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Northern Division, on April 24 in the case of United States of America v. Harry C. Mann.

The United States did not ask for the defendant's detention, and the court set conditions of release, which included a travel restriction to this district and surrender of Mann's passport.

On April 26 Mann's attorney, John Keating Wiles of Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan, filed a request asking the court to "modify the travel conditions imposed as a condition of release in order to allow [Mann] to accompany his family on a cruise departing from Norfolk, VA, to Nassau, Bahamas, and on to Freeport, Bahamas, and returning to Norfolk, VA, during the dates of May 26-31, 2013."

In support of the motion, Wiles noted that he had earlier informed the court of Mann's previously scheduled cruise and requested that the court include permission to make that trip. The court had denied that request "without prejudice to the opportunity to apply for permission by written motion, giving more particulars of the trip and its arrangements."

In the motion, Wiles reported that Mann had made a reservation on the Carnival Cruise Ship Glory on July 24, 2012, paying a deposit of $400, and paying the balance of $1,341.52 on March 26, 2013. He was to be joined on the cruise by his wife, 10 family members and five or more friends.

A federal grand jury returned a True Bill of Indictment to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina on April 3, charging Mann with four counts of embezzlement of government property. The charges allege that between 2005 and 2011 Mann conspired with Chowan County salvage business owners Rudy Lozano and John Williams, along with other known and unkown individuals and corporations, to remove and sell large quantities of items including "parts, materials, vehicles, scrap metal and various heavy equipment machines."

The items, removed from the bombing range at night and on weekends to avoid detection, included a 4,000-pound military personnel carrier. The indictment also alleges that in "some instances, the conspirators would strip a functioning vehicle at the range, sell the motor and batteries, and then scrap the metal from the vehicles."

Federal and state officers from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Defense Logistics Agency Office of the Inspector General, the NCDMV License and Theft Bureau, and the Dare County Sheriff's Office searched Mann's home in Manns Harbor on May 20, 2011, seizing items of evidence.

The indictment states that seized evidence includes $245,037 from Mann's residence, $39,868.52 from Mann's bank account at East Carolina Bank and $5,472.51 from Mann's bank account at Navy Federal Credit Union. The indictment also notifies Mann that the court will seek the forfeiture of these and other funds totaling $6,743,865.40, along with personal and real property.

Mann had managed the bombing range since it opened in 1968.

neel@obsentinel.com

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