Federal prosecutors say Brent Wilkes is a war profiteer, a lecher and a liar whose decade-long bribery of former Rep. Randy âDukeâ Cunningham netted him $46 million.
For that, and for orchestrating the largest congressional bribery scheme in history, they say the Poway defense contractor should be sentenced to 25 years in prison….
They blasted his once-high-flying lifestyle, belittled his claims of innocence and branded him an âovergrown frat boyâ fueled by greed and avarice.
At minimum, Wilkes should receive no less than 16 years and eight months in prison, prosecutors said. That would be exactly twice the length of the sentence Cunningham received after pleading guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion.
Wilkes should get a longer sentence because he was the âarchitectâ of the scheme and his profit was fatter and lack of remorse far greater than Cunningham’s, prosecutors said. They describe the disgraced former Republican congressman from Rancho Santa Fe as âa broken old soldierâ and Wilkes as an âunrepentant war profiteer.â
Prosecutors said Cunningham should be blamed for his role, but in a footnote said, âThere can be little doubt Wilkes was the spider, and Cunningham the fly, in this web of corruption.â
The metaphors abound. Cunningham the broken old fly, Wilkes the unrepentant spider.
Earlier, probation officials had recommended a 60-year sentence for Wilkes. But it will be up to the judge on Tuesday.