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Harold Babb faces sentencing in Army Corps bribery scheme

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A former executive is set for sentencing in his role in a multi-million-dollar bribery and kickback scheme involving the awarding of government contracts.

Harold F. Babb is to be sentenced at noon on Thursday in Washington's federal court.

Babb, the former director of contracts at an Alaska Native-owned small business, pleaded guilty in March to bribery and unlawful kickbacks.

He was arrested in October along with three other men, including two employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in a scheme prosecutors call one of the largest and most brazen government procurement frauds in history.

The fraud involved contracts steered to favored subcontractors for kickbacks, contracts awarded through bribery and phony invoices that were submitted for payment.

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