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Exec sentenced in US contracting fraud case

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 5:39pm  ET

WASHINGTON - A former executive 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.

Harold F. Babb was sentenced in Washington's federal court Thursday to seven years and three months in prison.

Babb, the former director of contracts at an Alaska Native-owned small business, pleaded guilty in March to bribery and unlawful kickbacks. He was arrested in October along with three other men, including two employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in a scheme prosecutors call the largest domestic bribery and bid- rigging scheme in the history of federal contracting.

The fraud involved contracts steered to favored subcontractors for kickbacks, contracts awarded through bribery and phony invoices that were submitted for payment.

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