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US official charged with bribery to plead guilty

An attorney for a high-ranking Department of Defense employee charged with taking a bribe to steer federal contracts for work in Afghanistan to a contractor says he's set to plead guilty.

Desi Deandre Wade's attorney Ebony Ameen said her client intends to change his plea at a Dec. 21 hearing but declined further comment.

Wade was the department's Chief of Fire and Emergency Services in Afghanistan. He was arrested in August after prosecutors said he took $95,000 from a contractor at the Fire-Rescue International Conference in Atlanta.

Afghanistan-based investigators said they received a tip in July that Wade received a $4,000 bribe to award a contract to a company. They say he later proposed steering a contract to that firm for about $100,000.

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