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
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.