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Two executives of a military contract company pleaded guilty this week to charges they wined and dined an Army colonel who was in charge of more than 17,000 contracts in South Korea, according to the Justice Department.

In 2001 and 2002, the executives paid for several meals for the colonel in the Washington, D.C., area and in Seoul. Once they paid for a meal on the same day that the company, Information Systems Support Inc., made a proposal for a military contract, according to a U.S. attorney’s office in Maryland.

Richard J. Moran later steered the contract to ISS, despite recommendations from technical experts to award the project to another company, according to the federal prosecutors.

Young Y. Lee, 46, of Rockville, Md., and Lorn J. MacUmber, 67, of Gypsum, Colo., each pleaded guilty Monday to one count of aiding and abetting a conflict of interest. Lee was president and chief executive officer of ISS and MacUmber was a senior vice president, according to federal prosecutors.

The executives also had offered the colonel a job at $125,000 per year, according to a news release from Rod J. Rosenstein, a U.S. attorney.

Moran never got the ISS job. The colonel pleaded guilty in 2003 to conspiracy and bribery charges in a federal court in California involving contracts not related to this most recent case, the news release stated. He is in prison in California.

Lee and MacUmber each face a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of unsupervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for October.

According to prosecutors, Lee met the colonel in late 2000 and MacUmber met him the following year. Beginning in April 2001, “Lee and MacUmber each had meetings, meals, conversations and e-mail exchanges with Moran about the possibility of Moran coming to work for ISS,” according to the press release.

That summer, Moran visited ISS offices in Gaithersburg, Md., and ate dinners paid for by the two executives. “On July 24, 2001, after ISS and a competing team of contractors made oral presentations in support of their proposals … MacUmber bought Moran dinner at the Seoul Hilton hotel,” the release said.

The project was for a planned reprocurement of the Global Command and Control System-Korea and the Korean Battle Simulation Center. A board of technical experts recommended it go to a competitor of ISS. Moran rejected that recommendation and a subordinate selected by Moran recommended the contract go to ISS, the release stated.

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