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Operation Ill Wind
was a three-year investigation launched in 1986 by the United States
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Federal Bureau of Investigation
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into corruption by U.S. government and military officials and defense contractors.
About 12 government officials were convicted of various crimes, including an Assistant Secretary of the Navy, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force. About 60 private citizens were also convicted, including half a dozen major defense contractors, some smaller defense contractors, employees, and consultants.
Most worked for Unisys
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, pleaded guilty to eight felonies, including the use of fraud, bribery and illegal campaign contributions to obtain billions of dollars in defense contracts.
The scandal led the United States Congress
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to pass the 1988 Procurement Integrity Act, which regulates the pay that procurement officials can get from contractors during the first year after they leave government, and forbids them to provide bid and proposal information to their new employers.