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CEOs charged with top Navy admiral fight U.S. bribery allegations

Two top executives of a New York-based technology services firm charged alongside the highest-ranking U.S. Navy admiral ever to face criminal indictment for bribery are fighting the charges, challenging federal prosecutors' decision to bring what one of their lawyers called a "politically motivated" military corruption case.

Charlie Kim, 50, and Meghan Messenger, 47, are set to plead not guilty Monday in D.C. with retired four-star admiral Robert P. Burke, 62, formerly the Navy's second-highest-ranking officer and top commander in Europe and Africa. The three were charged four weeks ago with bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery for Burke's alleged agreement to award a sole-source contract to Next Jump and to help it win future Navy business, in exchange for the promise of a $500,000-a-year job and stock options after he retired.

In their first public statements about the case, lawyers for the company and its charged co-CEOs criticized the Justice Department's handling of the investigation, suggesting prosecutors were fixated on landing a trophy target.


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