Former Ingalls official admits lying to Navy, Coast Guard

GULFPORT -- A former official at Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula has admitted he fraudulently authorized a diver's pay when a diver didn't work and lied to the U.S. military officials about it.

Randy Mitchell Wilson, 63, of Grand Bay, Ala., pleaded guilty Tuesday to intentionally making false statements to agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and misleading U.S. Coast Guard agents about the mismanagement of government funds.

He made the false statements March 4, 2014, at Ingalls, where he was director of manufacturing services, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office.

He approved unauthorized premium pay for one or more workers for dives that didn't take place, a court document said.

He told officials he had no knowledge of unauthorized pay even though he did, the charging document said.

His false statements could result in maximum penalties of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. will sentence him Aug. 23.

Wilson is free on a $25,000 bond.

The case was investigated by NCIS, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.