U.S. has Boeing case guilty plea arranged

April 14, 2004 at 7:53 AM
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ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 14 (UPI) -- U.S. prosecutors appear to have won a guilty plea from a one-time Boeing executive and former Air Force official at the heart of an aerial tanker scandal.

Although Darleen Druyun has yet to be charged in the conspiracy case, she has apparently agreed to plead guilty in the ongoing inquiry into the Air Force's $23 billion deal to lease aerial tankers from Boeing, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Druyun was fired last fall as a Boeing senior vice president, a job she got after negotiating with the company while a top Air Force acquisitions official responsible for aerial tankers.

Druyun is set to appear Tuesday before a federal district court judge in Alexandria, Va., for a plea hearing.

Prosecutors, along with FBI and Pentagon investigators, are looking into how the Air Force's aerial refueling contract came to be written so only Boeing's 767 could qualify.

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