Kerry Khan sentenced in contracting fraud case

      WASHINGTON (AP) - A former employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison for orchestrating a massive contracting fraud.

      Kerry Khan, a former program manager with the government, was sentenced Thursday morning in federal court in Washington.

      He pleaded guilty last year to his role in a bribery and kickback scheme that prosecutors say stole more than $30 million through invoices that were either bogus or inflated.

      Khan used the illegal funds on luxuries including Rolex watches, high-end liquor and fancy hotel stays.

      Prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan for a 15-year sentence. Sullivan said it was shocking that Khan was caught on a wiretap discussing a planned sexual encounter with a girl described to him as 15 years old.