US Says Early Plea Merits Leniency In E-Rate Case

Law360, New York (June 14, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT) -- Prosecutors asked a Louisiana federal court Tuesday to lower the offense level for a con man who pled guilty to rigging bids for E-Rate contracts as part of a $2.5 million fraud, saying he helped the government by pleading guilty early.

The defendant, Tyrone Pipkin, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.

“The defendant has assisted authorities in the investigation or prosecution of his own misconduct by timely notifying authorities of his intention to enter a plea of guilty, thereby permitting...
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