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Virginia Executive Sentenced For Domestic Bribery

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A former executive from Virginia has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his role in a multi-million dollar bribery and kickback scheme involving the awarding of government contracts.

Prosecutors have called it "the largest domestic bribery and bid-rigging scheme in the history of federal contracting."

Yesterday, Harold Babb, the former director of contracts at Eyak Technology, became the 12th person to plead guilty in the scheme. Prosecutors say it involved corrupt public officials agreeing to award government contracts in exchange for more than $30 million in bribe and kickback payments.

Babb was arrested in October along with three other men, including two employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In addition to the prison term, Babb was ordered to forfeit nearly $700,000 that he had pocketed in the scheme, including $200,000 in cash, two properties in Virginia, and a 2007 Porsche.

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