Ex-FBI agent pleads guilty in Afghan scheme

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former FBI agent is pleading guilty to charges that he derailed an investigation into military contract fraud by making a suspect appear to be a key counterintelligence source.

Defense attorney Raymond Mansolillo says retired agent Robert Lustyik Jr. pleaded guilty to 11 federal charges on Monday, when a trial was scheduled to start.

Mansolillo says his client pleaded guilty in order to move on and wouldn't accept a plea because he didn't want to implicate others.

Charging documents said 52-year-old Lustyik agreed to thwart a Utah-based investigation into a company started by former soldiers.

Officials suspected the company was using insider information to win bloated contracts.

Federal prosecutors say Lustyik arranged to get cash and a cut of the business for making the company's leader appear invaluable.

No sentencing date has been scheduled.

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