Mapmaker Who Used Chinese Subcontractors to Create Military Maps Gets Probation

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Photo: Getty/Chip Somodevilla

Photo: Getty/Chip Somodevilla

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Calling it “nothing,” a whistleblower is angry over a probation sentence and fine for former Senior Vice President of Sanborn Map Company Inc., Robert Williams.

A St. Louis federal court determined Monday that the William’s company used unapproved Chinese subcontractors to put together military maps.

Williams was sentenced to one year probation and fined $3,000.

“$3,000 is nothing,” whistleblower Jim Peterson, who was a Vice President at Sanborn Map told KMOX. “The bonces that Mr. Williams got were to the tune of $50,000 a year for doing this.”

According to court documents Willliams had farmed out photographic maps to the Chinese showing U.S. supply routes in Iraq, and U.S. Marine bases in the United States. Those routes were not classified.

Sanborn Map Company Inc. still faces $2 million in fines in the ongoing civil case.

Sanborn operated a regional office in Chesterfield, Missouri, until December, 2011.

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