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NASA Scientist Pleads Guilty to Conflict of Interest Charge

By Ed O'Keefe

The Post's Maria Glod reports:

A NASA scientist pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to a conflict of interest charge for directing government contracts to his wife's company, which develops science exhibits and educational tools.

Mark R. Schoeberl, 60, of Silver Spring, an atmospheric scientist, has worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center since the 1980s. He admitted to guiding work to his wife's company on several occasions, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | September 29, 2009; 8:01 PM ET
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