Defense Contractor Gets 12 Years In Prison For Bribing Congressman

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A defense contractor has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for bribing a congressman with cash, meals, trips and other gifts in exchange for nearly $90 million in Pentagon work.

Brent Wilkes showed no emotion as U.S. District Judge Larry Burns delivered the sentence Tuesday in San Diego.

A jury convicted the 53-year-old contractor in November on 13 counts of bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud involving former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham.

Prosecutors say Wilkes lavished Cunningham with more than $700,000 in perks – everything from cash to submachine gun shooting lessons and prostitutes at a Hawaiian resort.