Wednesday, March 18, 2009
DC Security Official & Accomplice Charged In Bribery Scheme
Yusuf Acar, 40, of Washington, DC and the Acting Chief Security Officer of the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, was arrested last week and charged with being involved in a bribery scheme with an accomplice, Sushil Bansal, 41, of Dunn Loring, Virginia, a former District employee and the current CEO of Advanced Integrated Technologies Corporation. Acar was charged in a four-count complaint with Conspiracy to Commit Bribery, Honest Services Wire Fraud, Conflict of Interest, and Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments. Bansal, who was also arrested last week, was charged in a two-count complaint with Conspiracy to Commit Bribery and Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments. One scheme involved Bansal's company overcharging for goods sold and the conspirators split to excess proceeds, according to prosecutors. A second scheme involved Bansal's company billing the District for "ghost employees" who either did not exist or did not perform any work. Acar's wife, Galen Acar, received at least $70,000 in checks from Bansal's company, although she has not been charged. Acar, who had been employed by the District since 2004, is being held without bail. As of this afternoon, some 23 people have been fired from the Office of the Chief Technology Officer.