SAN DIEGOA defense contractor was found guilty Monday on all counts of bribing former San Diego Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham in what has been the only trial to emerge from the nation's biggest Congressional corruption scandal.
Brent Wilkes was convicted of 13 counts of conspiracy, bribery, money laundering and wire fraud. 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.
Wilkes' lawyers have said their client was simply being generous to an old friend. Both men have pleaded not guilty to 30 counts of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.
No trial date has been set in that case.
SAN DIEGO Brent Wilkes has been convicted of 13 felonies for bribing former congressman Randy Duke Cunningham with expensive meals, trips, a yacht and mortgage payments for his Rancho Santa Fe mansion in exchange for lucrative government defense contracts.
The verdict was announced just before noon, today. The jury had been deliberating since Wednesday.
The verdict ended the three-week-long trial that was awash in bureaucratic acronyms like GDIC and FIRES, and the minutia of congressional budgets. It was also punctuated by eye-popping revelations of $4,000 dinners at Las Vegas resorts, a stay in a $6,600-per-night Hawaiian suite and the salacious appearance of two prostitutes who said they were hired to have sex with Wilkes and Cunningham.
The 53-year-old Poway defense contractor faces at least 20 years in prison.