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Foggo pleads guilty to fraud
By Debbi Baker
UNION-TRIBUNE BREAKING NEWS TEAM
12:20 p.m. September 29, 2008
A former high-ranking CIA official pleaded guilty Monday in Alexandria, Va., to one count of fraud stemming from the Randall "Duke" Cunningham bribery scandal that landed the former congressman and a Poway defense contractor in prison.
Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, 53, who resigned as the executive director of the CIA in 2006, admitted he used his position to steer millions of dollars in lucrative government contracts toward the company of his best friend Brent Wilkes, a Poway defense contractor, prosecutors said Monday.
Foggo and Wilkes hid their relationship by using false cover stories, "straw men" and shell companies to conceal the manipulation of the CIA contracts, according to prosecutors.
In return, Foggo accepted tens of thousands of dollars in meals, trips and "sexual companionship," along with a standing offer for a high-paying job at Wilkes' company, prosecutors said.
Foggo is a
He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. He has been free on bond, and sentencing is scheduled for January 8, 2009.
The longtime friends were originally indicted in the Southern District of
In May, a new indictment was filed against Foggo that alleged he received bribes in the form of "sexual companionship" in exchange for helping Wilkes.
Foggo pleaded guilty to a bribery charge under this indictment. In November 2007, a jury convicted Wilkes of 13 counts of bribery, conspiracy, fraud and money laundering and he was sentenced in February to 12 years in prison.
Cunningham, a Republican who lived in Rancho Santa Fe, was sentenced in March 2006 to an eight-year, four-month sentence after admitting to accepting more than $2.4 million in bribes. He pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and tax evasion.
The bribery scandal came to light after The
Cunningham used the proceeds to buy a $2.55 million home in Rancho
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