Hearing for men charged in Army Corps bribe case

By the Associated Press | October 6, 2011 | 3:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Army Corps of Engineers employees and two other men charged in a $20 million fraud scheme are due in court for a hearing.

The men are accused in a scheme to steer government contracts to a subcontractor in exchange for kickbacks that prosecutors say paid for sports cars, real estate, fancy watches and clothing. They were arrested Tuesday as prosecutors unsealed an indictment that included charges of bribery, conspiracy and unlawful kickbacks.

A federal magistrate judge is to decide Thursday whether the men will remain held before trial.

Meanwhile, the top Democrat on the House subcommittee that has oversight of the Army Corps of Engineers is calling for an immediate investigation.