Druyun gets nine-month prison sentence

Druyun gets nine-month prison sentence

A former top Air Force acquisition executive today was sentenced to nine months in prison for conspiring to help Boeing Co. win a multibillion-dollar Pentagon contract.

Darleen Druyun, who formerly served as principal deputy assistant Air Force secretary for acquisition and management before becoming a vice president at Boeing, faced up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a single conspiracy count.

Druyun, 56, will serve nine months at a minimum-security prison and an additional seven months at a halfway house or on home detention.

She and Michael Sears, the former Boeing chief financial officer who hired her, were investigated by a federal grand jury about the Air Force's plan to lease 100 aircraft tankers from Boeing. The deal was put on hold by lawmakers.

Boeing fired Druyun and Sears last November for what the company termed unethical behavior. As part of the plea arrangement, Druyun will help prosecutors with their case against Sears.

Under the plea agreement, Druyun acknowledged a 'conflict of interest in negotiating employment with Boeing while at the same time negotiating with Boeing on behalf of the Air Force.'

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