Kelly Alexander, a former SPAWAR official charged with participating in a bribery scheme centered at the agency, pleaded guilty Monday to wire fraud and filing false tax returns, the Union-Tribune reported today.

Alexander faces a maximum of 23 years in prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 8.

She is the third person to plead guilty in the decade-long scheme that was allegedly masterminded by her husband and high-ranking SPAWAR official Gary Alexander. The Alexanders steered nearly $5 million in military contracts to National City-based Technical Logistics Corp. in exchange for kickbacks totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to federal prosecutors.

Technical Logistics owners Elizabeth Ramos and Louis Williams pleaded guilty in August and are cooperating with prosecutors in exchange for lesser punishment. We published a detailed account of the case in August that chronicled the alleged scheme from its beginnings in the late 1990s.

DAVID WASHBURN

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