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Former Defense Contractor Headed for Prison

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Aired 4/19/09

The former defense contractor who admitted bribing ex-Congressman Randy Cunningham is headed to prison. A federal judge sentenced Mitchell Wade today to 30 months in prison. Wade must also pay a $250,000 fine. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Wade gave Cunningham bribes worth nearly two million dollars which included buying Cunningham's Del Mar Home for 900 thousand dollars more than it was worth. Former federal prosecutor John Kirby says Wade was crucial to the government's case. Wade turned over the infamous bribe menu outlining how much money Cunningham wanted for each defense contract awarded and he supplied a key database.

Kirby: He gave them Duke Cunningham completely and utterly. They had absolutely no idea of the scope of corruption. And he spent a lot of time and a lot of money just handing them Duke Cunnningham."

After the former Congressman received his first bribe from Wade, Cunningham told Wade he would someday make him "somebody." Amita Sharma, KPBS News.

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