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  • Feds call for 60-year sentence for Wilkes (defense contractor bribed Randy “Duke” Cunningham)

    01/21/2008 9:43:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 313+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/21/08 | Greg Moran
    SAN DIEGO – Federal probation officials are recommending that Brent Wilkes, the Poway defense contractor who was convicted of bribing former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, should be sentenced to 60 years in prison, according to court records. Wilkes was scheduled to be sentenced next Monday, but that has been postponed until Feb. 19 at the request of his lawyer, Mark Geragos. In court papers, Geragos said he needed more time to analyze and challenge the report from the federal probation office, which he received Jan. 15 – later than required under court rules. Such a lengthy sentence recommendation, even in...
  • Poway contractor guilty of bribing Cunningham (Brent Wilkes)

    11/05/2007 12:41:35 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 22 replies · 263+ views
    North County Times ^ | November 5, 2006 | TERI FIGUEROA
    SAN DIEGO --- A jury on Monday found a Poway defense contractor guilty of bribing former North County Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham. The contractor, Brent Wilkes, was charged with bribing the Republican politician with more than $625,000 in cash on top of luxury vacations and jet boats in exchange for millions of taxpayer dollars in the form of contracts for his company. Wilkes faced 13 counts: one count of conspiracy, one count of bribery, one count of money laundering and 10 counts of wire fraud. He was found guilty on all counts Monday morning. The 53-year-old San Diego County native...
  • Sources: Wilkes gave kin CIA deal

    02/18/2007 10:40:52 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 361+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/18/07 | Dean Calbreath
    When indicted Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes landed a contract to ship supplies to CIA agents in Iraq, he tapped his nephew and lobbyist Joel Combs to handle the job, according to people close to Wilkes and within the CIA. On July 29, 2004, Combs – who had no previous experience in overseas supply operations – formed a one-man company called Archer Logistics in Chantilly, Va., records with the Virginia State Corporation Commission show. Within months, Archer Logistics was selling bottles of water to the CIA, more than half a dozen sources have told The San Diego Union-Tribune. Those sales...
  • Bribery figures Wilkes, Foggo plead not guilty

    02/14/2007 3:49:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 297+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/14/07 | Karen Kucher and Onell Soto
    SAN DIEGO – Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes and former CIA official Kyle “Dusty” Foggo began their legal proceedings in San Diego's federal court Wednesday. After arriving at the downtown courthouse amid cameras and flanked by their attorneys, the two men entered not guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy, money laundering and defrauding the public of the honest services of a public official. Wilkes also pleaded not guilty to a charge of bribing of a public official. He is to remain free on $2 million bond, which will be secured by equity in his home and the homes of two...
  • Former top CIA official and defense contractor charged with fraud

    02/13/2007 11:07:59 AM PST · by Brian Mosely · 40 replies · 3,297+ views
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Government officials say a federal grand jury has charged a former top CIA official and a defense contractor with fraud and other offenses.
  • Charges against alleged Cunningham co-conspirator termed 'imminent' - Brent Wilkes

    01/31/2007 10:27:35 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 356+ views
    North County Times ^ | 1/31/07 | William Finn Bennett
    The U.S. attorney's office in San Diego is close to seeking an indictment against Brent Wilkes, a Poway defense contractor whose company received millions of dollars in government contracts after allegedly bribing the now-imprisoned Randy "Duke" Cunningham, two federal officials with intimate knowledge of the case said Tuesday. "I know we are so close," said one official, who agreed to speak with the North County Times on the condition that his name not be published. A preliminary draft indictment is under review by "many eyes on what is going to be proposed to the grand jury," according to the source....
  • CA: Alleged Cunningham co-conspirator hires celebrity attorney (Brent Wilkes hires Mark Geragos)

    11/26/2006 10:37:39 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 432+ views
    North County Times ^ | 11/26/06 | William Finn Bennett
    In the latest twist to former U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's tale of greed and corruption, celebrity defense attorney Mark Geragos has joined the legal team of one of the former congressman's alleged conspirators in a massive bribery scam. Geragos, whose former clients include pop star Michael Jackson, former first brother Roger Clinton and former Congressman Gary Condit, said Wednesday that he recently began representing Poway businessman Brent Wilkes. Court documents allege that Cunningham's conspirators, one of whom is believed to be Wilkes, lavished the congressman with cash, loans and gifts in recent years. In March, the eight-term former congressman...
  • Report: Cunningham helped contractors

    10/17/2006 9:48:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 775+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/17/06 | Katherine Shrader - ap
    WASHINGTON - Disgraced former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham parlayed his seat on the Intelligence Committee into winning at least $70 million in authorizations that benefited two contractors who — in turn — paid him millions in bribes. That was a key finding, released Tuesday, in a declassified summary of a report by the panel's independent investigator. It confirms what has long been suspected: The intelligence committee was one more venue that the California Republican exploited to help his associates. The report finds that Cunningham secured the cooperation — or at least the noninterference — of many people. That included Congress...
  • CA: Lawsuits filed against man linked to Cunningham (Brent Wilkes)

    10/06/2006 8:04:33 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 5 replies · 298+ views
    North County Times ^ | October 5, 2006 | WILLIAM FINN BENNETT
    NORTH COUNTY ---- What may be his last contract with the federal government has run out. Most of his employees have quit or been laid off. He owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in back property taxes on his company's multimilllion-dollar Poway headquarters, a 97,000-square-foot building he is negotiating to sell. And in the latest blow to defense contractor Brent Wilkes ---- one of the men identified as an alleged co-conspirator of Randy "Duke" Cunningham in the bribery scandal that put the former congressman in prison ---- the Poway resident is being sued by two companies accusing him of breach...
  • Pentagon silent on inquiry into Cunningham contracts

    08/04/2006 12:27:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 411+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/4/06 | Otto Kreisher - CNS
    WASHINGTON – Eight months after former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham confessed to taking massive bribes in exchange for providing at least $230 million in questionable defense and intelligence contracts, the Defense Department inspector general still has not determined whether any of those projects were improper. This week, the Pentagon announced that it would not renew one contract related to the scandal. But officials have been tight-lipped about the status of other taxpayer-funded work that may have been tainted, including a secret counterintelligence program. In fact, although several other Defense Department public affairs personnel and a congressional press aide have said...
  • Cunningham adjusting to life at North Carolina prison

    07/06/2006 9:45:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 1,197+ views
    North County Times ^ | 7/6/06 | Mark Walker
    Former U.S. Rep. Randy Cunningham continues to adjust to life behind bars at a federal prison in North Carolina where he is said to be "steeling himself" for the years of incarceration he faces, according to his attorney. Across the continent in San Diego, federal prosecutors and Cunningham's estranged wife, Nancy, are said to be inching closer to a deal resolving what happens to the money from the sale of the couple's former Rancho Santa Fe estate. K. Lee Blalack, Cunningham's Washington-based attorney, said Wednesday that the former congressman was doing well when he spoke to him by telephone last...
  • County subpoenaed in probe of congressman, lobbyist - San Bernardino Co., Jerry Lewis-R

    06/01/2006 7:30:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 315+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/1/06 | Erica Warner - ap
    San Bernardino County, Calif., has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury for records connected to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, and a lobbying firm with strong ties to Lewis, a county official said. The subpoena asked for all records of the county's correspondence with Lewis and his staff and with the lobbying firm, Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton, & White, which employs former California Republican congressman Bill Lowery, said San Bernardino County's chief deputy counsel, Daniel B. Haueter. Haueter said that the county, which hired Copeland, Lowery in 2002, was complying. Lewis represents portions of the inland Southern...
  • Cunningham said to be uncooperative

    05/10/2006 9:43:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 778+ views
    North County Times ^ | 5/9/06 | Mark Walker
    Randy Cunningham has not been helping federal authorities as they continue to probe the former North County congressman's web of corruption, a top Pentagon investigator said Tuesday. Rick Gwin, special agent in charge of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service's western regional office, said he is troubled by the lack of assistance, particularly in light of Cunningham's plea agreement that calls for him to tell all that he knows. "In my opinion, he has not been cooperative and I have not gotten any information from him to further develop other targets," Gwin said in a telephone interview from his office in...
  • Earle probes DeLay tie to California donor

    12/14/2005 6:26:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 781+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 14, 2005 | MICHAEL HEDGES
    Congressman's lawyer dismisses subpoena that may broaden the investigationWASHINGTON - The Texas prosecutor who obtained an indictment against Rep. Tom DeLay is now looking at connections between the former House majority leader and a defense contractor linked to the bribery of a California lawmaker. But the lawyer for DeLay criticized the potential expansion of the criminal investigation involving the Sugar Land Republican as a fishing expedition with a political motive. Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat, subpoenaed on Monday records of California businessman Brent Wilkes and three Wilkes-controlled companies that made a political contribution to a Texas fundraising...
  • Prosecutor subpoenas Cunningham-related companies in Texas case

    12/13/2005 4:40:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 528+ views
    ap on San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 12/13/05 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON – A Texas prosecutor has issued subpoenas for bank records of a defense contractor involved in the bribery case of former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham as part of the investigation of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. District Attorney Ronnie Earle issued subpoenas last Thursday for California businessmen Brent Wilkes and Max Gelwix, records of Perfect Wave Technologies, Wilkes Corp. and ADCS Inc. in connection with a contribution to a fundraising committee at the center of the investigation that led to DeLay's indictment on money laundering charges. Perfect Wave contributed $15,000 in September 2002 to Texans for a Republican...
  • Mollohan and MZM

    12/08/2005 10:59:29 AM PST · by Mark Noonan · 2 replies · 239+ views
    No Agenda ^ | December 8, 2005 | Matt Margolis
    While the problems surrounding Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham have gotten plenty of play in the media, it begs the question of why the House ethics committee, was silent on it. "Five months ago, as the scope of the federal investigation into Cunningham's conduct became clear, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington called for the House ethics committee to launch an investigation. Under House rules, an outside person or agency isn't allowed to make an ethics complaint. So the group shopped around among members of Congress to see if someone was interested in filing a complaint against Cunningham. No...
  • CA: Cunningham Figure Gave to Gov., Got 2 Board Seats

    12/08/2005 9:02:06 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 303+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/8/05 | Dan Morain
    <p>SACRAMENTO — A businessman tied to the bribery scandal involving former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham donated more than $70,000 to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign committees and received two gubernatorial appointments.</p> <p>At Schwarzenegger's behest, Brent Wilkes, founder of the government contractor ADCS Inc., resigned Nov. 29 from the Del Mar Fair Board and from another panel that oversees the leasing of state land for racetracks, said Margita Thompson, the governor's press secretary.</p>
  • Developer linked to (Rep. Duke) Cunningham has home raided

    09/24/2005 9:31:31 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 3 replies · 437+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | September 24, 2005 | Joe Cantlupe and Jerry Kammer
    ROSEDALE, N.Y. – In its third wave of raids linked to the investigation of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, federal agents on Thursday searched the New York home and office of a controversial businessman who has had a series of financial dealings with the congressman. Agents seized records belonging to Thomas Kontogiannis, a Long Island developer who pleaded guilty in 2002 to bribery and kickback charges in connection with a $6.3 million bid-rigging scheme involving the New York public schools. Kontogiannis has known Cunningham since shortly after the Rancho Santa Fe Republican arrived in Washington 15 years ago as a freshman...
  • CA: 'Duke' probe highlights pork - Cunningham case a view into political pork process

    08/31/2005 9:49:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 374+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 8/31/05 | Marcus Stern and Jerry Kammer - CNS
    WASHINGTON – When Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham first responded to questions about his dealings with defense contractor Mitchell Wade, he stressed that his position on the House defense appropriations subcommittee did not enable him to secure contracts for Wade's company, MZM Inc. "I do not have the authority or ability to award a contract to Mr. Wade's company and no single member of Congress, no matter how influential, can dictate to the armed services who will be awarded contracts," the Rancho Santa Fe Republican said during a June 23 news conference. While Cunningham's claim is technically correct under the government's...
  • U.S. lawsuit seeks forfeiture of property

    08/18/2005 7:07:24 AM PDT · by radar101 · 30 replies · 979+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | August 18, 2005 | Dani Dodge
    The U.S. Attorney's Office has filed a secret lawsuit against Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham that contends he should forfeit his Rancho Santa Fe home to the government because it was purchased with illegally obtained money. Notice of the lawsuit and the government's interest in the property was filed with the San Diego County Recorder's Office. Cunningham's attorney, Lee Blalack, declined to comment yesterday on the lawsuit but said he had filed a motion challenging the U.S. government's legal claim on the house. The home – a five-bedroom, eight-bath Spanish colonial estate on Via Del Charro – was listed for sale...