Three senior Navy intelligence officials are currently under investigation for an elaborate scheme that cost the Navy $1.6 million for gun silencers that really only cost $8,000. The three suspects are civilians and have not yet been named by the Navy.
According to reports, the men arranged to buy the gun silencers from an auto mechanic who happened to be the brother-in-law of one of the men. They had the mechanic, identified as Mark Stuart Landersman, get 349 silencers made, and in total, they wound up costing $8,000. Landersman, along with the three Navy officials, had the silencers sold to the Navy for $1.6 million, which is nearly 200 times more than what they actually cost to make.
The names of the three Navy intelligence officials that are under investigation are currently not being released, but the Washington Post claims that due to errors in redacting court documents, they can safely identify two of them as Lee Hall and David Landersman.
Once Mark Landersman got the custom silencers and sold them back to the Navy for an enormous profit, he allegedly went on a spending spree, buying stock shares in a microbrewery for $100,000 and refurbishing older cars. The auto mechanic was arrested late last month and has since been released from jail on $100,000 bond.