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    Obama appointee on leave after FBI raid, arrests
    Obama appointee on leave after FBI raid, arrests - wtop.com
    March 13, 2009 - 6:20am
    FBI raid at the office of D.C.\'s Chief Technology Officer. (Photo courtesy of Channel 4)
    Law enforcement officers search the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer. (Photo courtesy of Channel 4)
    Mark Segraves, WTOP Radio

    WASHINGTON - An employee of the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer and a private contractor were charged with corruption Thursday after an FBI raid at the former office of one of President Obama's appointees, Vivek Kundra.

    Kundra is on leave from his White House job until further details of the case become known, a White House source tells the Associated Press.

    Kundra has not been linked to Thursday's raid.

    Yusuf Acar, 40, acting chief security officer of the D.C. Office of the CTO, was charged with bribery of a public official, money laundering, wire fraud and conflict of interest.

    Acar was ordered held without bond until a hearing Tuesday.

    FBI agents found $70,000 in Acar's Northwest D.C. home when they arrested him Thursday morning.

    Acar, a native of Turkey, is responsible for buying D.C.'s computer equipment and hiring contract workers for various D.C. agencies. Acar, who has been with the agency since December 2004, has an annual salary of $127,468, according to charging documents.

    Sushil Bansal, President and CEO of Advanced Integrated Technologies Corporation (AITC) and a former D.C. government employee, was charged with bribery of a public official, money laundering, wire fraud and conflict of interest.

    Bansal, 41, was released but ordered not to engage in overseas financial transactions and had to surrender his passport. Bansal, of Dunn Loring, Va., is due back in court on April 21.

    Government records show Bansal, a native of India, is not a U.S. citizen and holds an H-1B visa, which is given to foreign workers in specialty occupations.

    Authorities say Acar and Bansal, along with others, used a variety of schemes to defraud the D.C. government, including billing the District for inventory that was never delivered and billing "ghost" contract employees who never worked.

    The alleged scheme involved Acar approving falsified bills and then splitting the money with Bansal - who submitted them - and other vendors, according to charging documents.

    The FBI worked with another D.C. Office of the CTO employee who was in on the scheme and secretly recorded conversations with Acar and Bansal as part of the investigation.

    Several other individuals and businesses are involved in the alleged schemes, but an FBI affidavit supporting the arrest warrants only identifies them by their initials.

    Bansal's company has offices in D.C. and India and received more than $13 million in business with the D.C. government in the past five years, according to court documents.

    One contract involved providing computer support to the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. The company also was given a contract to upgrade the city's human resources computer records and sold virus detection software to the city.

    In 2008, Bansal received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Association of Indians in America, according to AITC's Web site.

    Last week, Kundra resigned from his post as D.C. chief technology officer to take a job in the Obama administration as the federal government's chief information officer.

    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the Department of Justice told the White House on Thursday morning of its planned raid.

    However, Gibbs declined to comment on whether the White House was aware of the investigation before Thursday.

    AITC has been working with the D.C. government since 2004. Once Kundra took over as D.C. Chief Technology Officer in March 2007, AITC's contracts doubled to more than $5 million in 2008.

    Kundra has also worked for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). During his time at SAIC, Kundra provided consulting services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    On AITC's Web site, Bansal lists SAIC as one of AITC's strategic partners and says his firm has performed contract work for HHS.

    On Thursday morning, the FBI served a search warrant at the office of D.C.'s Chief Technology Officer.

    More than a dozen FBI agents - including evidence technicians - were at the office, located at 1 Judiciary Square on 4th Street in Northwest.

    Most of the employees were told to go home. Other employees were put into a waiting room.

    The FBI later expanded its search from 9th floor offices to 10th floor offices.

    The 10th floor was closed to the public while the FBI searched the offices that house the Administrative Services Modernization Program.

    As the raid took place, Kundra was giving a speech at FOSE - an annual government technology expo - about changing the way the government purchases materials from vendors.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    (Copyright 2009 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)
    Mark Segraves, WTOP Radio

    WASHINGTON - An employee of the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer and a private contractor were charged with corruption Thursday after an FBI raid at the former office of one of President Obama's appointees, Vivek Kundra.

    Kundra is on leave from his White House job until further details of the case become known, a White House source tells the Associated Press.

    Kundra has not been linked to Thursday's raid.

    Yusuf Acar, 40, acting chief security officer of the D.C. Office of the CTO, was charged with bribery of a public official, money laundering, wire fraud and conflict of interest.

    Acar was ordered held without bond until a hearing Tuesday.

    FBI agents found $70,000 in Acar's Northwest D.C. home when they arrested him Thursday morning.

    Acar, a native of Turkey, is responsible for buying D.C.'s computer equipment and hiring contract workers for various D.C. agencies. Acar, who has been with the agency since December 2004, has an annual salary of $127,468, according to charging documents.

    Sushil Bansal, President and CEO of Advanced Integrated Technologies Corporation (AITC) and a former D.C. government employee, was charged with bribery of a public official, money laundering, wire fraud and conflict of interest.

    Bansal, 41, was released but ordered not to engage in overseas financial transactions and had to surrender his passport. Bansal, of Dunn Loring, Va., is due back in court on April 21.

    Government records show Bansal, a native of India, is not a U.S. citizen and holds an H-1B visa, which is given to foreign workers in specialty occupations.

    Authorities say Acar and Bansal, along with others, used a variety of schemes to defraud the D.C. government, including billing the District for inventory that was never delivered and billing "ghost" contract employees who never worked.

    The alleged scheme involved Acar approving falsified bills and then splitting the money with Bansal - who submitted them - and other vendors, according to charging documents.

    The FBI worked with another D.C. Office of the CTO employee who was in on the scheme and secretly recorded conversations with Acar and Bansal as part of the investigation.

    Several other individuals and businesses are involved in the alleged schemes, but an FBI affidavit supporting the arrest warrants only identifies them by their initials.

    Bansal's company has offices in D.C. and India and received more than $13 million in business with the D.C. government in the past five years, according to court documents.

    One contract involved providing computer support to the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. The company also was given a contract to upgrade the city's human resources computer records and sold virus detection software to the city.

    In 2008, Bansal received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Association of Indians in America, according to AITC's Web site.

    Last week, Kundra resigned from his post as D.C. chief technology officer to take a job in the Obama administration as the federal government's chief information officer.

    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the Department of Justice told the White House on Thursday morning of its planned raid.

    However, Gibbs declined to comment on whether the White House was aware of the investigation before Thursday.

    AITC has been working with the D.C. government since 2004. Once Kundra took over as D.C. Chief Technology Officer in March 2007, AITC's contracts doubled to more than $5 million in 2008.

    Kundra has also worked for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). During his time at SAIC, Kundra provided consulting services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    On AITC's Web site, Bansal lists SAIC as one of AITC's strategic partners and says his firm has performed contract work for HHS.

    On Thursday morning, the FBI served a search warrant at the office of D.C.'s Chief Technology Officer.

    More than a dozen FBI agents - including evidence technicians - were at the office, located at 1 Judiciary Square on 4th Street in Northwest.

    Most of the employees were told to go home. Other employees were put into a waiting room.

    The FBI later expanded its search from 9th floor offices to 10th floor offices.

    The 10th floor was closed to the public while the FBI searched the offices that house the Administrative Services Modernization Program.

    As the raid took place, Kundra was giving a speech at FOSE - an annual government technology expo - about changing the way the government purchases materials from vendors.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    (Copyright 2009 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)
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    Look at the crooks that the anointed one keeps picking. Birds of a feather flock together.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    How can one man know so many crooks, and not actually (according to the media) be one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfhunter View Post
    How can one man know so many crooks, and not actually (according to the media) be one?
    In my opinion he is, he's trying to steal my republic and make it a socialist state
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    Quote Originally Posted by HK4U View Post
    Look at the crooks that the anointed one keeps picking. Birds of a feather flock together.
    exactly... what scum we have "leading" us.
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

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    Just disgusting!
    "An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."
    -- Robert A. Heinlein, Beyond This Horizon, 1942

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    I don't know of what his vetting process consists, but it gives consistent results.

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    I can only assume that a standard background check is performed on each candidate.

    If they pass they are not given the job...


    People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don't run, don't walk. We're in their homes and in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome.--River Tam

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    The vetting process is limited to whether or not they earned their kneepads on the campaign trail...a whole lotta hope got peddled out there a year ago.

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    I want to know how a non-US National was put in charge of running the systems responsible for running the largest super power in the world. It's tough to do your job when most of what you run you can't get clearance to be told about.

    WOW !!!

    I guarantee that the contractors to the government can't get away with that.

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