IN SEPTEMBER 1991, Unisys, then the fourthlargest defense contractor in the United States, agreed to pay a record $190 million fine to settle criminal charges stemming from Operation Ill Wind. Among those implicated in the government investigation of Defense Department corruption were six company executives, several consultants, military officials, and Armand D'Amato, brother of Senator Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY).

Formed in the 1986 merger of Burroughs and Sperry, Unisys became a computer industry giant, second only to IBM in size. Late that year, the company sold its Sperry Aerospace division to Honey-well but overstated assets in the $1.025 billion deal, leading to a 1993 settlement in which Unisys paid Honeywell $43.2 million.

Operation Ill Wind was an Federal Bureau of Investigation and Naval Investigative Service project aimed at ...

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