SAN DIEGO (AP) A defense contractor was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Tuesday for bribing former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham with cash, trips, the services of prostitutes and other gifts in exchange for nearly $90 million in Pentagon work.
Brent Wilkes was labeled "a predatory wolf (in) self-styled patriot's clothing" and a "poster boy for war profiteering" by prosecutor Phillip Halpern. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said he was troubled that Wilkes continued to maintain his innocence.
"If you were to do the right thing about this, today is the day to own up," Burns told Wilkes at the sentencing hearing.
"You have no sense of contrition," the judge added. "You had this corrupt relationship with the congressman and you profited from it."