A former senior employee of a Fresno, Calif., electrical contracting company pleaded guilty Aug. 26 to participating in a bid-rigging scheme involving an eRate project with a California elementary school district.

Duane Maynard, 31, of Arvada, Colo., admitted in U.S. District Court in Fresno that beginning in February 1999, he and several unnamed co-conspirators worked together to ensure that his employer would be the successful bidder on the West Fresno Elementary School District's eRate project, which sought to wire the district's two elementary schools to the internet.

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