September 30, 2008 in Nation/World

Ex-CIA official admits fraud

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON – The former No. 3 official at the CIA pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding the government, closing an investigation that linked the nation’s pre-eminent spy service to the corruption scandal involving former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif.

In admitting that he abused his rank to steer lucrative contracts to cronies, Kyle Dustin “Dusty” Foggo, the agency’s onetime executive director, became one of the highest-ranking officials in CIA history to be convicted of criminal charges.

The deal involved major concessions from prosecutors, who allowed Foggo to admit guilt to a single fraud charge, wiping out 27 additional counts that included money laundering and conspiracy. Foggo, 53, faces up to 20 years in custody and a $250,000 fine. Prosecutors said they would recommend he serve no more than 37 months.

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