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. gerry

    CNN should be responsible and report the entire stoy, NOT just a headline intended to smear President Obama again.

    March 12, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. another assassination attempt by AIPAC tentacles?

    don't be surprised.

    there have been assasination rings operating all along.

    in the private and public sectors.

    cover your tracks!

    March 12, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Jonathan Burton

    And they say that the "liberal media" is covering for Obama.
    "They" are people who still think that Faux News is fair and balanced.
    Think again you cretins.
    This is a story with no substance. But hey, it will get you higher ratings. Whether there is any real substance behind it...so run with it!
    Our infotainment industry has laid waste to truthful journalistic reporting.
    Everything is slanted one way or another.
    We all know that a biased newspaper sells more copies.
    It's all about the money.

    March 12, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. dave B

    Are they sure it's FBI ? And not IRS ? Hee he he eheheeee.

    March 12, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. still hoping

    This is so much fun!!! LOL!!!
    I love the way the obama fodder line up to make excuses. I guess you are all part of his internet army searching out and destroying anything negative about obama whether truth or not.

    But you cannot foil his .....inexperience strikes again!!! (sort of like the same tiresome rerun being played again and again and again and....)

    LOL!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. still hoping

    Either obama is very bad at this or everyone has something bad in their background. Either way, he's becoming a joke.

    March 12, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. bj, Texas

    Check if the crook has paid his taxes. He probably didn't that's why O-blame-o is considering him.

    March 12, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I say we get the Facts first and The whole truth and then Comment!

    March 12, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Typical White Person

    Another story you won't see on CNN which came out earlier this week:

    Obama, Geithner Receive Failing Grades From Economists in Survey;
    In stark contrast with Obama's popularity with the public, a majority of the 49 economists polled by the Wall Street Journal are dissatisfied with the administration's economic policies.

    March 12, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. ANGIE IN PA

    I say we get the Facts first and The whole truth and then Comment!

    March 12, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. James

    It looks like CNN is reporting just the facts here you can read into it whatever you want. I can see why you dems are so upset you follow a Party that discounts the facts and survives on spin. Liberals complaining about the media what a joke!

    March 12, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Amazed

    It would be good to have some facts before they put something out like this. Geeeze

    March 12, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. demwit

    I sure hope Obama doesn't name me as one of his appointments..

    March 12, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. jjr

    To Jackie,

    Since when is investigating a crime foolishness. If you want to comment on foolishness, go to the other "Ticker" headline about Palin's daughter.

    March 12, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. RealityKing

    Baaaad change we are coming to believe in under Obama..

    March 12, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. JOSE IN NORTHRIDGE

    EAVESDROPPING,,,,,,,,,,,ON,,,,,,,,,,,,,OPPONENTS ? ? ?

    March 12, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Survivor

    spin – spin – spinning – can't wait for facts just get the tabloid supermarket versions of the news that is what the american public yearns for these days!

    March 12, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. Rob

    wowww...all of the obama supports want him to have a break. attacking CNN for putting up legitimate news. interesting. what's the matter people, your president gets a little negative press and you all go a little wimpy. can't hand a little criticism? Can't handle any real questions or stories about your president of his appointees? I guess for all of you it is OK that four of his appointees have significant tax issues. Interesting how the hypocrisy works here. don't attacks the President becuase he is special...this place reeks of ignorance.

    March 12, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. JD

    How does this have anything to do with Obama? The FBI is investigating former co-workers of someone who Obama appointed. The guy doesn't work there anymore.

    That's like if I quit a job at Burger King because the manager of McDonalds offered me more money. And some of my former coworkers at BK were investigated. How does that have anything to do with me or my new boss??

    Some people really need to think. They are so excited at the possibility of blaming Obama for anything they loose all their credibility.

    March 12, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Obama 2012

    To "KC" & "dave b" there's nothing wrong with President Obama's Administration nor him. This is just some stuff the republicans has cooked up to try and make him look bad because they, you two, and others like you can't trust that President Obama knows what he is doing because of "you know what."

    So, do you think Bush knew what he was doing?? Better yet, would you two know what to do??

    March 12, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. erica

    This is joke.. and it is on us.. CNN analysts are counting how much in fighting they can cause between the factions. Pro Obama and No Obama.. and we fall right into their trap!
    HAHA

    March 12, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Duane

    Already a scandal...are we surprised? Obama is a joke, a ignorant and dangerous one, but a joke none-the-less.

    March 12, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. AndyL

    News headline should read: Obozo the clown names another dirty dumocrat to office

    March 12, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Virginia

    Hello–another one bites the dust! Obama can't get it right, and more and more it is showing. God help us all!

    March 12, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Duane

    Obama, Geithner Receive Failing Grades From Economists in Survey;
    In stark contrast with Obama's popularity with the public, a majority of the 49 economists polled by the Wall Street Journal are dissatisfied with the administration's economic policies.

    Very good, I will circulate this, thanks for the fair and balanced news...more then I can say for CNN

    March 12, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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