Glock execs indicted in bribery scheme
by Sarah Westwood
June 06, 2014 04:00 AM | 10733 views | 3 3 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
James ‘Craig’ Dutton
James ‘Craig’ Dutton
SMRYNA — An Acworth couple was among a group of five indicted Wednesday on federal charges in Kansas after authorities say they were involved in a firearms distribution scheme that netted Glock executives more than $1 million in bribes.

James “Craig” Dutton, 42, and his wife Lisa Delaine Dutton, 42, have been charged with conspiracy, 11 counts of wire fraud and 10 counts of money laundering after an FBI investigation uncovered a system of bribery and kickbacks they say stretched from Cobb County to Olathe, Kan., Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney for Kansas, said Wednesday.

Craig Dutton was the assistant national sales manager for Glock, investigators say. The American headquarters of Glock Inc. is in Smyrna, near the East-West Connector.

John Sullivan Ralph III, 40, of Kansas; Welcome D. “Bo” Wood, Jr., 65, of Oviedo, Fla.; and Paula Ann Wood, 63, also of Oviedo, were also indicted on the same charges.

Bo Woods was Glock’s eastern regional manager, Grissom’s office says.

According to the indictment, Ralph, who was the owner of Global Guns & Hunting Inc., located in Olathe, Kan., secretly paid Glock executives to secure preferential treatment over other firearms distributors.

FBI officials say Ralph’s company was given priority access to limited products, potential customers and confidential Glock information in exchange for bribes and kickbacks, which they say he shipped via the U.S. Postal Service and wire transfers to the Duttons and the Woods.

Indictments say most of Glock’s pistols are sold to independent firearm distributors that have contracts with Glock to resell its pistols. The allocation of Glock pistols was important because the demand frequently exceeded the supply, the indictment stated.

Glock firearms are

sold in one of two channels, the U.S. Attorney’s office explains. “Blue label” firearms are sold to law enforcement agencies at a discounted price, while “red label” firearms are sold to private citizens at market value, officials say.

Investigators accuse both the Woods and the Duttons of providing Ralph with equipment and software that allowed him to sell blue label guns at the red label price.

The indictment indicates Ralph sold to commercial buyers at least 14,000 pistols — most of which went to the sporting goods chain Cabela’s — that he purchased from the Glock executives at the law-enforcement rate.

Lisa Dutton and Paula Woods have each been accused of forming companies to conceal the bribes and kickbacks, the U.S. Attorney’s office says.

If convicted, the five could face decades in jail and a litany of fines. According to the FBI, a conspiracy conviction alone carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hathaway is prosecuting and a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas said all court proceedings will take place in Kansas.

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The buyer
December 15, 2014
I spent years beating up Craig and Glock for product as a Buyer at one of the largest sporting goods distrubors in the country. We always heard rumors of unfair trade, this finally answers a lot of questions and confirms what we suspected.

I always liked Craig, but am very disappointed to know he looked me in the face and lied so often. Money makes people do strange things and compromise their integrity. I do hate that he and Lisa could spend so much time in jail.
June 06, 2014
Guns bad.

People who sell guns bad...they be biggest terrorist threat to USA/WORLD.

Government must stomp on people who sell guns.

Stomping has begun!

June 06, 2014
Morons bad,

People who are morons procreate and is the biggest threat to the USA/WORLD.

Goverment must stomp on morons who procreate.

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