Prostitution claims enter Cunningham probe

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- Allegations that a defense contractor paid for prostitutes have arisen in the probe of convicted former U.S. Rep. Randy Cunningham, R-Calif.

The investigation's latest twist came after Mitchell Wade, a defense contractor who has admitted bribing the former congressman, reportedly told prosecutors Brent Wilkes, a San Diego businessman who is under investigation for bribing Cunningham, had an arrangement with Shirlington Limousine in Washington.


Wade said limos would pick up Cunningham and a prostitute and bring them to suites Wilkes maintained at the Watergate Hotel and the Westin Grand in Washington, The Washington Post said.

Cunningham resigned from Congress after pleading guilty last November to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from four co-conspirators, including Wilkes and Wade. He was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison. Wade pleaded guilty to his part in the scheme in February and is cooperating with investigators, the newspaper said.

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