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Former Fed Admits Bribe Included Shopping Bag of Cash

Friday - 1/11/2008, 8:06am  ET

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Maryland say a former official with the General Services Administration has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a firm seeking government contracts to provide security at federal buildings in Maryland and California.

Under the guilty plea, 65-year-old Dessie Nelson of Oakland, Calif., admitted that she received a shopping bag filled with $35,000 in cash, an envelope stuffed with $10,000 in cash and a $7,000 Caribbean cruise. She also pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

Nelson is scheduled to be sentenced June 16.

The bribes came from Holiday International Security founder Michael Holiday, a Silver Spring resident and former Montgomery County police officer. Holiday pleaded guilty in October to bribery, tax evasion and transportation of child pornography.

Information from: The Washington Post

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