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Breaking: D.C. Tech Official Busted in Federal Bribery Sting

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An official in the D.C. government's office of the chief technology officer has been arrested in a federal bribery sting, according to law enforcement sources. The FBI has raided the technology office this morning and agents are continuing to search for evidence, sources said.

Washington information
systems security officer
Yusuf Acar, as seen in
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Yusuf Acar, 40, was taken into custody this morning by FBI agents at his home in Northwest Washington, the sources said. The nature of the charges could not be determined. Channing Phillips, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, declined to comment on the arrest, saying the case "is under seal."

Federal authorities also arrested a second person, Sushil Bansal, 41, of Fairfax County, in the sting operation this morning. According to his company's website, Bansal used to work in the D.C. government and later founded Advanced Integrated Technologies Corporation, an information technology consulting firm based in the District. That company has several contracts with D.C. government agencies, including the technology office and the Department of Motor Vehicles. Last August, the D.C. chapter of the Association of Indians in America awarded him its Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Acar serves as an information systems security officer in the D.C. government. He worked for Vivek Kundra, the District's chief technology officer. Kundra recently left D.C. government to become President Obama's federal chief information officer. Kundra's deputy, Thomas Jones, is acting as the interim director, city officials said.

Mafara Hobson, a spokeswoman for the mayor, declined to comment this morning.

The Office of the Chief Technology Officer has a budget of about $69 million and 298 employees.

Acar, who began working for the city in Nov. 2004, earns $127,468.

By Del Quentin Wilber, David Nakamura and Nikita Stewart

By David A Nakamura  |  March 12, 2009; 10:37 AM ET
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Obambi is CORRUPT

Posted by: connerstone77 | March 12, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are corrupt. This arrest has to do with a contract that was awarded LAST YEAR during the Bush administration. Obama is uncovering all the crimes of Bush officials.

Posted by: vamonticello | March 12, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

When you hang out with scum bags all your life like Obummer has - who else are you supposed to hand off these el primo jobs to?

We should start a pool to see how many initial appointments are around at the end of his first (and soon to be last) term.

Integrity coming from a IL politician. Right!!! Not since Lincoln; a Republican.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | March 12, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, according to Vamonticello's reasoning:

Obama's Scuzzy Rezco Deal
Blago's corrupt pay to play schemes
Tom Daschle's tax evasion
Charlie Rangle's multi-corruption

All of these happened "during the Bush administration. Ergo, they're Bush's fault!

Posted by: jeannebee | March 12, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

DCist reports a second arrest in this case, Sushil Bansal of AITC in Faifax.

The AITC "Case Studies" page gives an idea of the possible scope of this case.


Posted by: MikeLicht | March 12, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely amazing. This rabid loyalty to the Republican party and President Bush. Facts, evidence, independent analysis....all unimportant to these people. Quoting people like Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, O'Reily, not a substitute for facts.

The only possibilities I can think of are:

1. These people are part of the party apparatus and are getting compensated for making these remarks.


2. They are either too lazy to research the issues and just repeat what they have heard from the right wing media types.


3. They do attempt to research using independent sources but are not intelligent enough to understand the information.

The truth is the truth. Facts are facts. The rest is just rhetoric. Including the right wing theories of Chicago Politics = Corruption and Obama = Chicago Politician so therefore, Obama = Corruption. It is just unsubstantiated rhetoric with no basis in fact. Something Republicans seem to base every argument on.

Posted by: HappyGilmour | March 12, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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