Cunningham's Ill-Gotten Gains to be Auctioned Off to Repay the Taxpayers

March 4, 2006 - Posted at 1:28 p.m. CST

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Ex-Congressman Randy ``Duke'' Cunningham,

newly imprisoned for bribery, has another debt to pay:

three-point-six million dollars in back taxes and restitution.

Some of that will be paid through a March 23rd auction of his

expensive furniture, much of it given to him by defense contractors

as bribes.

Britney Sheehan, whose company will hold the auction for the

government, says some lovely Persian rugs are included, along with

antique tables, a sideboard buffet and chests of drawers.

Sheehan says the government doesn't estimate what seized goods

might fetch at auction. But appraisers say some of the rugs could

be worth up to 40-thousand dollars each.

In addition, Cunningham has been ordered to forfeit the proceeds

of his 76-hundred-square-foot mansion which sold in December for

more than two-and-a-half million.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)