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SOCom bribery scandal widening
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Author: de La Garza, Paul||||||Liberto, Jennifer
Date: Oct 15, 2005
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William E. Burke, 49, of Odessa, a defense contractor at SOCom, pleaded guilty to bribery in a plea deal and agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and identify associates in the scheme. He could face up to 15 years in prison.

"Once SOCom completes its review of contracts Mr. Burke was involved with and receives information from any criminal investigations, we will decide the appropriate course of action on a case-by-case basis," [Sam Taylor] said.

[Steve Cole] said SOCom initiated the investigation, but declined to say when it began or what prompted it. The agencies involved include the Pentagon inspector general, criminal investigators at SOCom and the FBI.

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