Department of Defense General Counsel Standards of Conduct Office
Summary of Selected Prosecutions and Administrative Actions Involving Standards of Conduct May 1, 1999
SEC Attorney Sentenced for Switching Sides after Leaving Government
A former attorney with the Denver regional office of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was convicted for violating 18 U.S.C. 207(a), which prohibits former Government employees from communicating with the Government with regard to matters they worked on as a Government employee.
The SEC attorney was responsible for investigating stock promoters regarding their promotion of Integrated Resources Technologies, Inc. later known as Comprehensive Environmental Systems, Inc. (CESI/IRTI). Upon departure from the SEC, the attorney was hired by the stock promoters to perform legal work for companies owned by them, including CESI/IRTI. The attorney, in his capacity as counsel for, and director of CESI/IRTI, responded to a subpoena, and communicated with SEC officials on behalf of CESI/IRTI.
The attorney was sentenced to one year of imprisonment for this post-employment violation of a criminal statute.
FAA Employee Sentenced for Bribery
A former employee of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was convicted of bribery. The employee accepted bribes in exchange for providing preferential treatment in the processing of applications for pilots' certificates.
The employee's primary responsibility was to review and process applications for FAA-issued pilot certificates. Upon completion of the review, the employee had the authority to approve or deny applications. The employee received $2,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Korea in exchange for preferential treatment of applications for Korean pilots from the flight school, Wings Over America.
The employee was sentenced to pay a $2,000 fine and serve four months in prison, followed by three years probation for violating 18 U.S.C. 201(b)(2).
Agriculture Department Manager Suspended for Hatch Act Violation
A Department of Agriculture manager received a four month suspension after soliciting political contributions from subordinates. The Hatch Act prohibits Federal employees from certain activities in partisan political campaigns.
The employee asked subordinates at work to contribute to the 1992 Democratic presidential campaign. Although the Hatch Act was amended in 1994 to allow Federal employees to participate more in partisan political activities, it still prohibits employees from engaging in political activities while on duty or in any Government office.
Former Postmaster General Pays Settlement to End Conflict of Interest Investigation
A former Postmaster General of the United States agreed to pay a $27,550 settlement to end a complaint brought by the Department of Justice pertaining to a conflict of interest because of his holdings in Coca-Cola.
The complaint arose while the Postal Service was exploring a potential strategic alliance between the Postal Service and Coca-Cola. The Postal Service Board of Governors had the authority to approve the strategic alliance, and the Postmaster General's role was to advise the Board of Governors with regard to their consideration of strategic alliances. The Postmaster General rendered advice to the Board even though he owned shares of Coca-Cola stock and therefore had a personal financial interest in the decision.
The Postmaster General was charged specifically with violating 18 U.S.C. 208, a criminal statute that prohibits an employee from participating personally and substantially, as a Government official, in a particular matter in which he or she has a financial interest.
Civilian Army Employee Sentenced for Theft of Government Property
A former civilian employee of the Fort Jackson Post Exchange in South Carolina was convicted of stealing Government property. The employee concealed and …
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Publication information: Article title: Department of Defense General Counsel Standards of Conduct Office. Contributors: Not available. Journal title: Journal of Power and Ethics. Volume: 1. Issue: 2 Publication date: April 2000. Page number: 233. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group.
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