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.