March 12th, 2009
06:22 PM ET
5 years ago

FBI searches Washington technology office

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Federal agents arrested a District of Columbia government official and a Washington-area businessman on conspiracy charges Thursday and searched the offices of the district's chief technology officer as part of a corruption probe.

Yusuf Acar, a contracting officer for Washington's city government, and Sushil Bansal, a former city employee, are accused of swindling the city out of several million dollars by inflating purchase orders and billing the city for work by non-existent employees of Bansal's companies. They made initial appearances in federal court on Thursday.

Both are charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and money laundering, while Acar faces separate charges of wire fraud and conflict of interest, according to court papers.

As part of the probe, agents raided the office of Washington's chief technology officer, the agency responsible for overseeing the city's telecommunications infrastructure. The raid came a week after the Obama administration named the office's former director, Vivek Kundra, as the White House chief information officer, but a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that Kundra is not involved in the case.

The White House called the probe "a serious matter," but referred further questions to the Justice Department.

Updated: 6:22 p.m.

– CNN's Carol Cratty and Terry Frieden contributed to this report.


Filed under: Obama administration
soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Oblame-O

    Here's what we DO know.... an FBI raid ISN'T good news if it's your office or your administration!

    How SWEET would if the FBI were acting on a tip from Blago... a little something about Obama & Rahm violating US laws.

    March 12, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. LIP

    So far, all I've seen is panicking liberals protecting their turf. Correct me if I am wrrong, but the FBI doesn't generally invade someone's offices unless they have a court issued warrrant, do they?
    Maybe it is simply another letter with white powder or some such thing and it is standard procedure to protect the people from harm.
    Get a grip people and wait and see what comes next.

    March 12, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Obama Victim

    another corrupt demorat??? who would have thought???

    March 12, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Bobby Brady Jindal

    For God's sake, actually get the story before you publish something.

    March 12, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. josh

    Go ahead Dems.. Minimize it... "they are treating Obama so poorly" wah wah wah... He could wiretap everyone of your phones, admit it himself and you woulden't believe it. When is your blind loyalty to the man going to wear off?

    Jackie, you libs have been 'screaming' for the last 8 years, don't even start with the 3...2...1... stuff...

    March 12, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. dave B

    Another name is added to the obama score board . He He He. I am impressed with all the change, He he he........

    March 12, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. matt

    You would have thought ANYONE in the world could have looked great replacing Bush. I mean, it's the PERFECT act to follow b/c no matter what you do, it's bound to be better....somehow, Obama is screwing this up. It's unbelievable!!!

    March 12, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Jon in CA

    *** I doubt CNN will post this...as they don't like REAL journalism ***

    Drudge has posted – 2 officials in the DC's Office of the Chief Technology Officer have been arrested in a federal bribery sting.

    Sushil Bansal and Yusuf Acar were arrested.

    Seems both these guys worked with Obama appointment, Vivek Kundra... who has been working with Obama since he won the election.

    UH OH!!! Add two more to Obama's list of terrorist and/or felons:

    Ayers
    Rezko
    Blago
    Norman Hsu
    ...

    March 12, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. A little sad

    Dan, TX March 12th, 2009 11:47 am ET

    But why? Is this a background check or a criminal investigation. This is not a story, it is a twitter tweet.

    ****************************

    Or worse, are they searching for something that might be dangerous to the occupants? Or bugs? Or Judge Crater?

    CNN – Please give us some facts.

    March 12, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. A little sad

    Dan, TX March 12th, 2009 11:47 am ET

    But why? Is this a background check or a criminal investigation. This is not a story, it is a twitter tweet.

    ****************************

    Or worse, are they searching for something that might be dangerous to the occupants? Or bugs? Or Judge Crater?

    CNN – Please give us some facts.

    March 12, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Carl W Smelcer

    I will be waiting patiently for a completed, edited, explaination of this
    incident

    March 12, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. dave B

    Hey ijoe . cnn doesn't have to try to bring down obama's admin. He's doing just fine by himself. He he e eeehe.

    March 12, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Adam

    this is news? cnn crew you can be weird sometimes

    March 12, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Revalyn

    Lately, I getting up-set and frustrated how CNN turned on Obama. He is in power 7 weeks, and the economy should be fixed and all of a sudden his rating is down. Give the President time to breath. CNN is scaring the public, putting everyone in a panic about the economy, causing people to stop spending and, as a result the economy is becoming slower and slower. Let me remind you that there is still 92% of the population who hold a job.

    March 12, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Rheem

    CNN is becoming as bad as Fox News.

    March 12, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Baze

    This is what happens when you over extend the umbrella of your organization; bad apples get caught in the mix.

    March 12, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. KC

    This just in from the Obama worshippers : "No, not fair, shut up CNN, quit picking on Obama he is wonderful, oh GOP's fault, Bush's fault, Iraq War, etc., etc."

    Face it folks - the Prez and his buddies are crooked. He has spent a billion dollars a minute since taking office. He doesn't know what he is doing and this country is quickly becoming the capitol of immorality.

    Surprise, surprise, surprise.

    March 12, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Jackie

    Find something worthwhile to talk about, like, EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE AND THE ECONOMY!!!! This other foolishness is ridiculous!!!!

    March 12, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Franky

    You guys are surprised that they got searched?? I mean, come on, is like the good old times, it happens to everybody! ...Right? Right guys? LOL!!

    March 12, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. eva

    look around, folks its been reported that Kundra's old offices in the DC government were raided and the FBI said that Kundra is NOT a target of the investigation. wait a bit before freaking out (left and right). stop spinning. the truth is in the facts. which are on the way.

    March 12, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Jason Neuman

    This goes to show that you get what you pay for.

    March 12, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Seth

    Yes this is NEWS! Two people were arrested!

    March 12, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. The Duke

    Unreal and how much did the Bush Administration steal form the tax payers and literrally lied. Move on to somthinh of IMPORTANCE!!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Typical White Person

    FoxNews has details...it is an investigation into corruption. CNN is waiting until they can spin this positively before they actually write a story.

    March 12, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Jason in Bay Area

    This just goes to show you get what you pay for.

    March 12, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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