E-Rate Bid-Rigger Gets Offense Level Lowered

Law360, New York (June 16, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Wednesday agreed to lower the offense level for an admitted E-Rate crook who took part in a scheme to rig bids for $2.5 million in government contracts for impoverished schools.

The defendant, Tyrone Pipkin, pled guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government. Prosecutors, who requested the lower offense level, said his early plea was a boon to their case.

“The defendant has assisted authorities in the investigation or prosecution of his own misconduct by timely...
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