Republican Bribery Case Decided Today-Defense Contractor Brent Wilkes- GUILTYSomervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


 

Republican Bribery Case Decided Today-Defense Contractor Brent Wilkes- GUILTY
 


5 November 2007 at 4:42:17 PM
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A defense contractor was found guilty Monday of bribing disgraced former U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham with cash, meals, trips and other gifts in exchange for nearly $90 million in Pentagon work.

You remember Duke Cunningham, don't you? He's the one that maintained he was innocent..even when the evidence clearly showed he was not.. until he was caught beyond all doubt and then he went on tv and boohooed he was sorry. Yeah. sorry he was caught!

One has to give him props, though, for going before the camera and admitting his guilt.

Mr. Cunningham, a highly decorated Navy fighter pilot in Vietnam, tearfully acknowledged his guilt in a statement read outside the federal courthouse in San Diego.

"The truth is, I broke the law, concealed my conduct and disgraced my office," he said. "I know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation, my worldly possessions and, most importantly, the trust of my friends and family."

Back to Brent Wilkes, who was one of the two bribing him.

Brent Wilkes was convicted of all 13 counts of conspiracy, bribery, money laundering and wire fraud in the biggest corruption scandal to strike Congress. He faces up to 20 years in prison...

Two co-conspirators also have pleaded guilty to felony crimes in their dealings with the lawmaker, including former Wilkes employee Mitchell Wade, who admitted giving Cunningham more than $1 million in kickbacks for about $150 million in government contracts.

In a separate federal case, Wilkes is charged with offering former CIA executive director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, a childhood friend, a job and treating him to luxurious golf vacations in return for help getting contracts from the supply agency.

In three weeks of trial, prosecutors maintained that Wilkes lavished Cunningham with more than $700,000 in perks—everything from illicit cash payments to submachine gun shooting lessons and the services of prostitutes during a stay at a Hawaiian resort.

In return, Cunningham helped Wilkes secure nearly $90 million in Pentagon contracts, mainly for scanning paper documents, prosecutors said.

Cunningham, an eight-term Republican, pleaded guilty in 2005 to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from Wilkes and others—including antiques, boats, a used Rolls Royce and cash to pay  the mortgage on his mansion.

P.S. In case you've forgotten, this is ALSO the same case that brought to light that members of Congress were bribed with.. prostitutes!

Federal prosecutors are investigating whether two contractors implicated in the bribery of former Rep. Randall “Duke” Cunningham supplied him with prostitutes and free use of a limousine and hotel suites, pursuing evidence that could broaden their long-running inquiry.

Besides scrutinizing the prostitution scheme for evidence that might implicate contractor Brent Wilkes, investigators are focusing on whether any other members of Congress, or their staffs, may also have used the same free services, though it isn’t clear whether investigators have turned up anything to implicate others. [Emphasis ours]


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