US gov't IT worker pleads guilty to theft of funds
The IT purchasing specialist used government cards to buy mobile phones, tablets and iTunes music, the DOJ says
IDG News Service - An IT specialist working for the U.S. National Science Foundation has pleaded guilty to theft of government property for redirecting more than $94,000 in government funds for his personal use, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
James Troy Clark, 51, of Fredericksburg, Va., pleaded guilty late Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Clark was responsible for purchasing information technology supplies and services for his office at NSF using government-issued purchase cards. But Clark, between 2010 and this July, used the purchase cards to acquire items for himself and others, the DOJ said in a press release.
Among the items Clark purchased with the government cards were mobile phones and monthly service, several laptop and tablet computers, other electronic devices and accessories, and thousands of dollars in movies and music from the Apple iTunes store, the DOJ said.
Clark faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 21.
Clark's lawyer wasn't immediately available for comment on his plea.
Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's email address is email@example.com.
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