Phila. man admits he bribed military leaders

Posted: July 16, 2011

A 33-year-old Philadelphia man pleaded guilty Friday to a federal indictment charging him with bribing military officials in exchange for government contracts related to combat operations in Iraq, prosecutors said.

Justin W. Lee, the former president of Lee Dynamics International, provided military contracting officials with cash, airline tickets, meals, hotel stays, spa visits, and jobs. The total value of the bribes was more than $1.2 million. In return, his company won contracts worth millions, including deals for the storage of weapons in Iraq.

Lee pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and four counts of bribery. He faces up to 15 years in prison for each count of bribery, and up to five years for the conspiracy count. His father, George H. Lee Jr., the former chairman and chief executive officer of Lee Dynamics, was also indicted but remains at large. - Robert Moran

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