Former Commerce employee sentenced to 4 years in bribery scheme

A former information technology official at the Department of Commerce received a four-year prison sentence for conspiracy to pay and receive bribes as a public official.

Raushi J. Conrad, 43, of Bristow, VA., used his position as head of operational systems at the Bureau of Industry and Security to steer a contract to a particular businessman in exchange for bribes, according to the Department of Justice.

Conrad was responsible for overseeing and managing a project where computer files were being transferred from an old BIS computer network that had been infected by a virus to a new, uninfected network. Conrad was supposed to ensure that the transferred files were free of viruses and, in some instances, retained the full functionality of the files that had resided on the old network.

Instead, he transferred files from the computer network infected by the virus to a new, virus-free system, and then solicited and received bribes from a local businessman to perform the data migration work to companies owned in whole or in part by the businessman.

Conrad was also ordered to forfeit approximately $224,500 in profits made from the scheme.

Reader comments

Fri, Sep 15, 2017

Not long enough!

Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Too bad he only forfeits what he stole from people. Garnish his wages after he gets out for 20 years.

Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Conrad are you ready for a work camp with really nice bunkies? I hope you enjoy your stint. I understand that the food is to rave about and make sure you take care of your hygienic needs.

Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Good catch!

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