Former Interior Dept. Official Pleads Guilty To Accepting Kickbacks

03/03/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A former Interior Department official pleaded guilty yesterday to accepting $15,000 in kickbacks from an insurance company in exchange for arranging meetings with government officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Edgar A. Johnson, 60, of Bowie, left his position at Interior's Office of Insular Affairs last year. He was charged in November in U.S. District Court in Washington with one count of honest services wire fraud.

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