Prosecutor: 6 in Trucking Scheme to Plead Guilty

Posted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 --- 8:10 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A prosecutor says six people have agreed to plead guilty in a trucking kickback scheme that cost S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. millions of dollars.

U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic said Tuesday that five of the six are charged with taking part in the scheme, and the sixth is accused of helping in a cover-up.

According to the plea agreements, 68-year-old Milton Morris, who is former transportation director at S.C. Johnson, took kickbacks from trucking company vendors who stole money by submitting inflated invoices that Morris approved.

Biskupic said the five others are 51-year-old Katherine Scheller of Racine, who was Morris' deputy, and four trucking company owners: 68-year-old Thomas Russell, 63-year-old Peter O'Malley, 49-year-old Michael Rivett and 42-year-old Patrick Kane.

Last February, a jury awarded S.C. Johnson $147 million for losses the consumer products giant suffered in the scheme.

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