Charles K. Edward, former acting Homeland Security Inspector General, and his staffer, Murali Yamazula Venkata have been indicted with charges of wire fraud, theft of government property, aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to defraud the United States. In addition, Venkata has been charged with destroying records.
Just before Edwards was set for a hearing with the Senate Investigative committee to answer for his crimes, he left office in 2013. On Friday, the Justice Department announced that Edwards had planned to steal software and databases with government employee personal information. He then planned to reconfigure it into an enhanced software version so that his company, Delta Business Solutions, could sell it to the Department of Agriculture.
The DOJ says that this took place from October 2014 to April 2017 and that Edwards “continued to leverage his relationship” with other DHS employees and Venkata in order to complete the fraud. He now faces serious jail time.
Sources: Department of Justice, Forbes, Conservative Brief; Photo-News Metropolis