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San Diego machine shop owner pleads guilty to bribing Navy employee

The owner of a San Diego machine shop pleaded guilty Monday to bribing a government official employed by the U.S. Navy in an effort to get more than $300,000 in contracts to provide parts for Navy warplanes.

Jesse Denome, 47, owner of JD Machine Tech Inc., pleaded guilty in federal court to providing the employee with a series of gifts, including a $2,472 bicycle,a $449 model airplane engine and more than $18,000 in credit card payments.

Denome is set for sentencing Aug. 8. He faces a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on his guilty plea to conspiracy to bribe a federal official. He also pleaded guilty to income tax evasion, for which he faces a maximum three years in prison and $250,000 fine.

The parts were part of the early warning system for the E-2C Hawkeye and the C-2A Greyhound. The planes provide a range of surveillance and electronic warfare capabilities.

The name of the Navy employee was not released, nor was any information about whether he has been charged in the case.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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