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.
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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
David A Nakamura
March 12, 2009; 10:37 AM ET
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