US contractor pleads guilty to offering bribes

By the Associated Press | May 16, 2011 | 8:14 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego-based defense contractor has pleaded guilty to offering bribes to a Navy official who placed $300,000 worth of orders from the company for military aircraft.

U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced Monday that Jesse Denome of JD Machine Tech, Inc. pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a federal official and filing a false tax return.

Duffy says Denome admitted that from June 2004 to September 2005 he gave a Navy official a bicycle worth nearly $2,500, a model airplane engine worth $449 and made $18,000 in payments on the official's personal credit card.

In exchange, she says the official placed over 100 orders from the company for the Navy's E2/C2 aircraft program.

The Navy is still investigating the official, identified only as D.V.