Former Sprint Contractor Pleads Guilty

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A former independent contractor for Sprint Nextel Corp. pleads guilty in what federal prosecutors say was a conspiracy to defraud the telecommunications company. William Collum pleaded guilty Thursday to concealment of a felony.

He admitted he had learned that two now-former Sprint employees had passed along inside information to a software consulting firm, Four Corners Telecommunications Corp.

Collum faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

His guilty plea in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., came 15 months after former Sprint Corp. manager Mary Elizabeth Drew pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. She is awaiting sentencing.

Drew, while working for Sprint, was paid to assist Four Corners in contract negotiations.
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