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February 4, 2006

The sentencing of former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham for conspiracy and tax evasion convictions has been reset to accommodate scheduling conflicts.

Cunningham is now scheduled to be sentenced at 1 p.m. March 3, before U.S. District Judge Larry Burns. His sentence had been scheduled for Feb. 27 in San Diego federal court.

Cunningham, 64, resigned from Congress after admitting he took more than $2.4 million in bribes from businessmen, including Pentagon contractors who helped him buy and furnish a Rancho Santa Fe home.

When he pleaded guilty Nov. 28, he admitted he used his position in Congress to help the contractors. The former Vietnam War naval flying ace faces a prison term of up to 10 years. He has agreed to pay back $1.8 million and give up his interest in his Rancho Santa Fe home.

While the businessmen are identified as co-conspirators in court documents, nobody else has been charged in a case that prosecutors said still is under investigation.

–Onell R. Soto