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That bird won’t fly and other news

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He joins four other defendants — two Army Corps contracting officials and two businessmen — charged in the alleged $20 million kickback scheme.

Meanwhile, Michael A. Alexander, of Woodbridge, has agreed to plead guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges in federal court in D.C. next week, according to filings. Alexander, 55, faces a maximum of 15 years for the bribery and 20 years for the money laundering conspiracy, according to court filings.

According to prosecutors, the conspirators steered no-bid contracts worth tens of millions of dollars to favored businesses and lined their pockets with $20 million in taxpayer money paid to them or promised by contractors.

At the time of their arrest in October, the conspirators were scheming to steer a nearly $800 million contract to a favored contractor, prosecutors said.

Arrested with Alexander was Army Corps contracting employee Kerry F. Khan, 53, of Alexandria. The other two men arrested were Khan’s son, Lee A. Khan, 30, of Fairfax, and Harold F. Babb, 60, of Sterling. Babb is director of contracts for EyakTek, an Alaska Native-owned small business based in Dulles. (Click HERE for article)

New Orleans Man is Sentenced on Defense Procurement Fraud Charges
(DoJ) – January 23, 2012 – Charles R. Priestley, 48, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty and was sentenced on January 23, 2012, for making a false, fictitious and fraudulent claim to the United States government, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. The United States District Court in East St. Louis presided over the plea of guilty and sentenced Priestley to the serve 5 years of probation and to pay a fine of $4,000.00, a special assessment to the court of $100.00, and to pay restitution of $300,000.00 to the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM). Priestley was previously debarred from participation in federal contracts for six (6) years.

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