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Former Defense Contractor Helps Feds Investigate More Members of Congress

This former defense contractor could help make for an interesting year in 2009 when it comes to crooked Congress members.

By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Mitchell Wade, the former defense contractor who pleaded guilty in February 2006 to bribing former representative Randall “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.), has assisted the government in investigating five other members of Congress, numerous government employees and several private contractors, according to a memorandum filed by his attorney on Wednesday.
Although none of those members is named, two are under investigation, according to the memorandum, and “three others have come under scrutiny for their receipt of straw contributions” from former Wade employees and one for the possible receipt of undisclosed gifts.
Wade, who is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 15, faces a minimum of nine years in prison. Instead, based primarily on his cooperation with government investigators, he is seeking to have that sentence reduced to “a year of home detention, a fine of $250,000, five years probation and substantial community service,” according to the sentencing memorandum filed on his behalf by his attorney, Howard M. Shapiro.
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