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Cunningham’s Wife to Pay $1.6M in Taxes

October 6, 2006

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ The estranged wife of disgraced former congressman Randy ``Duke″ Cunningham will pay $1.6 million in back taxes and penalties for her role in the bribery scandal that landed him in prison, according to a settlement filed Friday.

The federal government sued Nancy Cunningham last year. The settlement means she will not be prosecuted for any charges relating to her husband’s activities, according to papers filed in federal civil court.

Duke Cunningham resigned from Congress and was sentenced in March to more than eight years in prison. He admitted last November accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors in exchange for government contracts and other favors.

The couple separated in July 2005, when FBI agents raided their home in ritzy Rancho Santa Fe, seizing rugs, furniture and jewelry.

Nancy Cunningham’s attorney, Douglas Brown, called the deal ``a compromise settlement″ and said his client intends to file for divorce soon.

In his plea deal, Duke Cunningham agreed to forfeit the house, $1.8 million in cash and a catalog of antique furnishings that fetched $94,625 at auction.

The Cunninghams were married in 1974 and have two daughters.

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