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Second D.C. Government Worker Arrested in Tech Scam

A second D.C. government employee has been arrested in a bribery and kickback scam involving technology contracts.

Farruk Awan, 37, who most recently worked in the D.C. Office of Chief Financial Officer, was arrested this morning on charges of conspiring to commit bribery and launder money, according to a law enforcement source. Awan is expected to appear in U.S. District Court this afternoon.

Channing Phillips, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, declined to comment, saying the case "is under seal."

Awan is the third person to be arrested in what authorities have alleged is a complex bribery and kickback scheme that cost the D.C. government at least $500,000. Last week, they arrested Yusuf Acar, 40, the government's acting chief security officer, and charged him with bribery, honest services wire fraud, money laundering and conflict of interest.

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By Del Quentin Wilber

By David A Nakamura  |  March 19, 2009; 1:20 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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