On Friday, it was announced that a former information technology official with the Department of Commerce had been sentenced for his involvement in a bribery scheme. 43-year-old Raushi J. Conrad of Bristow, Virginia was sentenced to four years in prison. He has also been ordered to forfeit roughly $224,500.
Court records and evidence presented during the trial showed that the defendant worked as the Director of Systems Operation and Security for the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security branch. Conrad was responsible for overseeing and managing a project in which computer files were transferred to an old computer network, which had been infected with a virus, to a new network.
Conrad was responsible for ensuring that the new files were free of viruses and that they were fully functional. It was alleged that Conrad solicited and received bribes from a local businessman, James Bedford. In return, Conrad helped Bedford obtain a lucrative subcontract and contract to perform the migration work. One of the companies connected to Bedford made $208,000 in payments to a restaurant owned by Conrad.
Many of the payments were concealed using false and fictitious invoices, which had been created by Conrad. The invoices made it seem that Conrad’s restaurant business had provided various services to Bedford’s company. In reality, no such services had been provided. Bedford’s company also arranged for employees and subcontractors to provide $16,000 worth of free renovation work at Conrad’s residence.
Bedford previously pleaded guilty. He was sentenced on June the 30th of this year. Again, Raushi J. Conrad has been sentenced to four years in prison for his involvement with the bribery scheme.