DOD Contractor Pleads Guilty In Bid-Rigging Suit

By Jocelyn Allison (April 10, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A U.S. Department of Defense contractor has pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy that helped his rivals win competitive government fuel contracts in exchange for a cut of the profits, authorities said.

Matthew W. Bittenbender of Baltimore, an employee of Maryland-based aviation supplier Avcard, pled guilty Wednesday to conspiring to defraud the United States, conspiring to commit wire fraud and conspiring to steal trade secrets, the U.S. Department of Justice said. He could be sentenced to up to 35 years in prison for the charges.

Under the plea deal, Bittenbender has agreed to cooperate with the government's investigation. The agreement...

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