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Man bribed Military Sealift Command officials

A former government telecommunications subcontractor in Chesapeake pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribing two Military Sealift Command officials.

Dwayne Allen Hardman, 44, now of Charleston, W.Va., is set to be sentenced June 6 in U.S. District Court.

The Military Sealift Command is based in Washington but has ships and administrative staff in Norfolk. Its 110 vessels transport ammunition, fuel and other supplies for the Navy and other military branches.

The charge stems from more than $190,000 in cash bribes Hardman and various associates paid two command employees since 2005, according to court documents. One of the employees, Kenny E. Toy, a 53-year-old telecommunications engineer living in Northern Virginia, pleaded guilty last week to accepting bribes in conjunction with the scheme.

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