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Former Obama Homeland Security IG indicted for theft, wire fraud, and attempting to defraud the government

March 6, 2020

  According to a release by the Department of Justice a former Obama era acting Homeland Security Inspector General and one other person have been charged with theft of government property, wire fraud, and attempting to defraud the government. Here is more:

A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned a 16-count indictment against a former Acting Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a former subordinate for their alleged theft of proprietary software and confidential databases from the U.S. government as part of a scheme to defraud the U.S. government.

The indictment charges Charles K. Edwards, 59, of Sandy Spring, Maryland, and Murali Yamazula Venkata, 54, of Aldie, Virginia, with conspiracy to commit theft of government property and to defraud the United States, theft of government property, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.  The indictment also charges Venkata with destruction of records.

According to the allegations in the indictment, from October 2014 to April 2017, Edwards, Venkata, and others executed a scheme to defraud the U.S. government by stealing confidential and proprietary software from DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), along with sensitive government databases containing personal identifying information (PII) of DHS and USPS employees, so that Edwards’s company, Delta Business Solutions, could later sell an enhanced version of DHS-OIG’s software to the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Agriculture at a profit.  Although Edwards had left DHS-OIG in December 2013, he continued to leverage his relationship with Venkata and other DHS-OIG employees to steal the software and the sensitive government databases.

The indictment further alleges that, in addition to stealing DHS-OIG’s software and the sensitive government databases, Venkata and others also assisted Edwards by reconfiguring his laptop so that he could properly upload the stolen software and databases, provided troubleshooting support whenever Edwards required it, and helped him build a testing server at his residence with the stolen software and databases, which contained PII.  As further part of the alleged scheme, Edwards retained software developers in India for the purpose of developing his commercial alternative of DHS-OIG’s software.

  Move along, nothing to see here. There was not even a hint of corruption in the Obama administration…

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

4 Comments leave one →
  1. peter3nj permalink
    March 6, 2020 11:22 pm

    He’ll do time right after Schmucker is incarcerated for making threats against the two conservative (sometimes) judges ir on the twelfth of never whichever comes first.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Bruce permalink
    March 7, 2020 9:42 pm

    I seem to remember Oblabla saying that nothing had ever gone wrong during his administration. Yea, right.

    Liked by 1 person

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