National Affairs: War Frauds?

In the Criminal Court of the District of Columbia, the Government lost a case brought against a large number of men for alleged frauds in the sale of surplus lumber belonging to the Air Service. This was called the "Phillips Lumber Case," after one of the leading defendants. They were accused of conspiracy to defraud the Government of $1,500,000 by taking double commissions from the Government and from purchasers in the sale of surplus lumber. Since the criminal case has fallen through, it is expected that civil suits for the recovery of damages will be dropped.

One after another these so-called War...

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