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Information technology specialist at National Science Foundation pleads guilty to stealing $90,000 from government

WASHINGTON – An information technology specialist working for the National Science Foundation (NSF) pleaded guilty late yesterday to theft of government property totaling more than $90,000, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente of the Eastern District of Virginia.

According to court records, James Troy Clark, 51, of Fredericksburg, Va., was responsible for purchasing information technology supplies and services for his office at NSF using government-issued purchase cards.   From 2010 through July 2013, Clark used these purchase cards to purchase items for his personal use and the personal use of others, including cellular telephones and the attendant monthly service charges for those phones; multiple laptop computers and tablets; thousands of dollars in movies, music, and other content from the Apple iTunes store; and numerous other electronic devices and accessories.

The total amount of purchases made by Clark for his and others’ personal use was approximately $94,493.   Clark faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 21, 2014.

The case was investigated by National Science Foundation’s Office of Inspector General.   The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Kevin Driscoll and Menaka Kalaskar of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Mark D. Lytle of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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