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Banker Sentenced in Cunningham Bribery Case

A New York businessman has been sentenced to five years probation and 1,000 hours community service on charges stemming from the corruption case against former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns handed down the sentence Thursday against John Michael of Long Island, New York.

Michael pleaded guilty to using his mortgage company, Coastal Capital, to hide a half million dollars in bribes to Cunningham paid by Poway businessman Brent Wilkes. He also said he lied to the grand jury.

Cunningham pleaded guilty in November 2005 to taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors in exchange for millions of dollars in government contracts. The former Republican lawmaker was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison.

Wilkes was convicted last year of bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud.
 

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