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Ex-Lockheed Executive, Subcontractor Convicted in Bribery Scheme

December 21, 1994

ATLANTA (AP) _ A former Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co. executive and a subcontractor have been convicted in a kickback scheme.

Virgil M. Copeland, 61, of Marietta, Ga., was convicted Tuesday of 10 bribery and kickback charges and three counts of filing false federal income tax returns, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerrilyn Brill said.

John J. Winders, 53, also of Marietta, was convicted of six bribery and kickback charges and one count of filing a false tax return, Brill said.

Evidence in the trial before U.S. District Judge J. Owen Forrester showed that Copeland, a former senior executive in Lockheed’s facilities management division, took kickbacks from Winders and another subcontractor.

Copeland could be jailed for up to 80 years and fined more than $2 million, while Winders faces up to 35 years in prison and over $1 million in fines.

Numerous others have been convicted in the ongoing probe.

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