MONTGOMERY, AL- James Robert Whitaker, 60, was sentenced Friday to 5 years' probation, $5,000 fine; and $90,356 restitution, announced George L. Beck, Jr., United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama.
Whitaker was a retired Air Force Officer and a civil service employee from Prattville.
Whitaker pleaded guilty in October 2012 to one count of participating in an act which affected a personal financial interest. Whitaker, while working at the Air Force Legal Operating Agency, directed Air Force JAG officers to stay at local hotels at a higher monetary rate, when housing was available on Maxwell Air Force Base at a much lower rate.
As a result, Whitaker received a total of 587,282 Marriott reward points. Whitaker also received an additional 100,000 reward points for other room arrangements. The U.S. Air Force suffered a loss of $90,356.