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The owner of a Maryland-based technology firm is expected to plead guilty this week to bribing District of Columbia Public School officials in exchange for contracts. On Dec. 7 the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia charged Charles Wiggins, the owner of Wiggins Telecommunications in Temple Hills, Md., with one felony count of bribing public officials. Within a week of being charged, Wiggins agreed to plead guilty and cooperate. Wiggins’ attorney, Sidney Friedman of Baltimore, says he is not authorized to comment on the deal reached with prosecutors. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Butler, who is handling the prosecution, could not be reached for comment. In charging documents, the prosecution alleges that from early 2001 through 2003, Wiggins doled out nearly $50,000 in bribes to a DCPS office manager and an elementary school principal. The two school officials, who so far are identified only as “Individual 1″ and “Individual 2″ in court documents, allegedly gave Wiggins preferential treatment in exchange for receiving a cut of the profits generated by his DCPS contracts. Wiggins earned more than $300,000 for computer installations and maintenance work, according to prosecutors, as well as an additional $60,000 that went to a shell company he set up with a school official involved in the scheme. Wiggins’ plea hearing is set for this week before Judge John Bates in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Sarah Kelley can be contacted at [email protected].

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