SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego-based defense contractor who bribed a Navy official with gifts and cash to land valuable contracts for an early-warning aircraft program pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to bribe a federal official and filing a false tax return.
Jesse Denome, 47, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 8 by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns.
Denome -- owner of JD Machine Tech Inc. -- contracted with the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest at Naval Air Station North Island to provide goods and services to the E2/C2 aircraft program.
According to court papers outlining his guilty plea, Denome -- from June 2004 to September 2005 -- provided a Navy official with a variety of bribes with the intent to induce the official to steer contracts related to the E2/C2 program to JD Machine.
The bribes to the Navy official -- identified only as D.V. -- included a $2,473 bicycle, a $450 model airplane engine and more than $18,000 in payments on D.V.'s personal credit card, according to the government.
In exchange, the Navy official placed more than 100 orders on behalf of the E2/C2 program -- valued at $300,000 -- with JD Machine for various goods and services, prosecutors said.
Denome also improperly characterized personal expenses, such as vacations and expenses for hunting and other hobbies, as business deductions on 2005, 2006 and 2008 tax returns for his company, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
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