Ex-Ingalls director sentenced for lying about diver pay

A former official at Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula has been fined $4,000 and given two years’ probation for lying to military officers about unauthorized pay for divers.

Randy Mitchell Wilson, 63, of Grand Bay, Alabama, was sentenced Tuesday by Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr., court records show.

Wilson was sentenced for 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 was director of manufacturing services at the shipbuilding company in Pascagoula when he lied about a diver’s pay on March 4, 2014, the charging document said.

He told military officers he had no knowledge of pay approved for an employee, though he was aware the diver had received premium pay for a dive that didn’t happen, the charging document said. He also had approved premium pay for one or more divers who should not have received the pay.

Premium pay for civilian workers on government projects, for instance, can give extra pay for work on federal holidays or on a Sunday, according to a Department of Defense website.

Wilson faced up to five years in prison.

He was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Mississippi.

Wilson waived the right to indictment and pleaded guilty May 24. He has remained free on an unsecured $25,000 bond.

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