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Former Air Force official sentenced in corruption case

A former US Air Force official was sentenced Friday to nine months in prison for arranging a $250,000 executive position with Boeing Co. while serving as the second-ranking weapons buyer in the Air Force and handling billions in dollars of contracts with the company. Darleen Druyun, the highest-ranking military official convicted of corruption since the late 1980s, pleaded guilty to charges in April after failing a lie-detector test and admitting that she favored Boeing during negotiations for tanker aircraft.

Druyun was also fined $5,000 and ordered to serve three-years of supervised release following her prison term. The $23.5 billion contract awarded to Boeing for the tankers is currently being reviewed by the Pentagon. View the plea agreement [PDF]. The Office of Government Ethics has this memorandum on requirements for government employees leaving for the private sector. Reuters has more.

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