Contractor, ex-CIA official indicted in bribery case

February 14, 2007|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

SAN DIEGO -- A defense contractor and a former top-ranking CIA official were indicted yesterday on corruption charges in a case that also involved bribes to disgraced former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

Brent Roger Wilkes was charged with bribing Cunningham, a California Republican, and Kyle Dustin "Dusty" Foggo to get contracts for his companies. Until he resigned in May amid a federal investigation, Foggo was the CIA's third highest-ranking official.

Wilkes provided Cunningham with prostitutes, vacations, corporate jet travel, limousine service, cash, meals, furniture and equipment for his boat, the indictment said. The value of the alleged bribes was put at $700,000.

The contractor also reportedly provided Foggo, a childhood friend, with meals, gifts, private jet flights, a helicopter ride, and a weeklong stay at a Scottish castle valued at $44,000. Wilkes also paid for Foggo to join him in Hawaii for vacations, the indictment said.

Officials said that Wilkes and Foggo, both 52, are expected to surrender today for arraignment. Cunningham, who resigned from office after pleading guilty to corruption charges, is serving an eight-year prison term. He admitted to taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors and others and evading more than $1 million in taxes.

"High government positions and powerful connections should not be tickets to corrupt self-enrichment," U.S. Attorney Carol Lam said.

Except for a contract to provide water for U.S. personnel in the Middle East, the indictment does not detail what kind of contracts Foggo and Cunningham allegedly pressured the Defense Department and CIA into awarding to Wilkes' companies.

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