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Former defense industry contractor pleads guilty to conspiracy in bilking US Navy out of more than $20 million


Last updated 3/18/2014 at Noon

SAN DIEGO - A former executive for a defense contractor pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego today (March 18) to a conspiracy charge, admitting he and others duped the U.S. Navy into overpaying by at least $20 million for supplies and services to American ships in Asian ports.

Alex Wisidagama faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced June 13 by U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino.

Wisidagama's plea is the second in an extensive international fraud and bribery scandal that has ensnared employees of Glenn Defense Marine Asia and several U.S. Navy officials.

Prosecutors a...

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