Published December 12, 2011
ATLANTA – 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.