Former employee of Obama CIO pick busted for bribery
Appointee not linked to wrongdoing
An employee who worked for President Obama's pick for federal CIO has been arrested by the FBI and charged in a federal bribery sting, according to news reports.
Yusuf Acar, 40, was taken custody Thursday under suspicion of soliciting and accepting bribes in exchange for awarding contracts, according to The Washington Post and other publications.
Acar was an information-systems security officer in the District of Columbia's Office of the Chief Technology Officer. Until recently, he worked for Vivek Kundra, who left the office over a month ago to become Obama's federal chief information officer.
Kundra is not suspected of any wrongdoing, press reports said.
Also arrested was Sushil Bansal, president and CEO of Advanced Integrated Technologies. In June, the company was awarded a one-year $10m (£7.2m) contract to provide IT services, equipment, and software to the DC government. The company had previously won contracts worth more than $6.6m (£4.7m), according to The Post, which cited DC council records.
Sources told the paper that Acar received bribes in exchange for awarding contracts to Bansal's company. The company is also accused of employing "ghost employees" who did no work. Acar has worked for the city since 2004 and earns $127,468 (£91,375) per year.
Federal agents began investigating the pair about a year ago. ®
The worst to come
Mary "Moonbeam" Cheh heads the DC Council Committee that has oversight jurisdiction over this mess. Cheh recently started a campaign to implement regulations to force local businesses which are already bordering on failure to replace their lighting with more expensive environmentally friendly bulbs.
To Follow a Great Crime...
Follow the BIG Money.
Or what now passes for it in these Untied States, anyway. It comes down to a sub-rosa two-tier system, in fact. Gold and other intrinsically valuable items for the elite, and debt-instruments in dollar denominations for the Rest of Us. Meanwhile the US International Settlements Account (aka "Accounts Payable") still stands deeply in arears.
Even under Obama the Magnificent, the Merciful, the Panacaea of Purportment. (Heaven help him.)
See http://www.edwardharle.com/news for the definitive running account of the affair. Takes sorting, like any other complex matter. But it sorts, and not in Uncle Sam's favor at all, I am sad to mention.
Meet the New Crims. Same circular-rollover "Ponzi" MO as the Old Crims. Only more slickerer.
I think Mr. Obama should blow the BIG WHISTLE and then bail to the bunker until it is again safe for an honest man to come out. Once the Bushista/Clintonista faction that pretty much composes his Cabinet has been properly charged, arrested and frog-marched out the White House front door by Federal DoJ agents, he'd only have the murderous Banking Sector's disgruntled reps and their gunsels to duck and avoid.
He should do so before the UN hires Interpol to do the job, no less, imho. Elsewise, the misprison of the felony might taint Himself, to be sure.
Glad I am not in his shoes. But I think that is what by rights the man *should* do.
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