7 Navy, military contractors sentenced for bribery

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Updated: 10/10/2012 6:38 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors say four Navy officials and three defense contractors from a San Diego Naval base have been sentenced in a wide-ranging fraud in which they were bribed in exchange for millions in business.

U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy says the sentences handed down Tuesday ranged from 18 to 31 months, with two defendants getting three years of probation.

The seven defendants pleaded guilty in March.

Duffy says officials at Naval Air Station North Island were given more than $1 million in cash and gifts, including flat screen TVs and retail gift cards. In return, their Poway companies received millions of dollars in defense business.

Each defendant was ordered to pay restitution to the U.S. Department of the Navy. Three defendants must also pay $3 million restitution to the IRS.


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