Chief US District Court Judge James Dever III has signed an order allowing the return of Manns Harbor resident Harry Mann's passport so that he can take a cruise although under federal indictment for his alleged role in the theft of an estimated $10 million in property from the US Navy at the Dare Bombing Range. (For details of indictment, read April 9 post on this blog.)
Mann, via his attorney, asked for the return of the passport so that he and 10 family members and friends can take a planned cruise later this month. The request stated that the final payment of the cruise was made in March of this year. To read the request, click here.
Federal prosecutors object to the idea of Mann leaving the country because, the opposition motion states that they have a solid case against the former bombing range manager that includes two co-conspirators willing to testify against him. The objection also refers to evidence that includes video and audio footage. To read the prosecutor's objection, click here.
But the judge ignored the objections and on Monday, May 20, Dever gave permission for the passport to be returned to Mann and, after the cruise, ordered that it be returned to the federal probation officer. To read the order, click here.