On Friday, a jury returned indicted former Obama administration Acting DHS Inspector General Charles Edwards and his former aide, Murali Yamazula Venkata on charges including wire fraud, conspiracy to commit theft of government property, conspiracy to defraud the United States, aggravated identity theft, and theft of government property. Venkata is additionally accused of destroying records, according to a release from the Department of Justice.
Edwards had served as the acting DHS IG from 2011-2013. But when he left, he maintained contact with people within the DHS Office of the Inspector General. Venkata and others (the release does not say who the “others” were) allegedly conspired to steal confidential and proprietary software from the DHS OIG so that Edwards could re-package it and sell it for his own company, Delta Business Solutions.
The office of former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano pushed back on the details in the Senate report. Do you expect anything less?
According to The Washington Post, her office said neither Napolitano nor her staff “ordered that anything be deleted” in the report on the Secret Service.