netcurmudgeon (netcurmudgeon) wrote,
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The ever-widening stain

A co-worker let me know today that another one of my predecessor Bob Richter's business chums has pled guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of tax evasion in a scheme to defraud the federal E-Rate program.

The investigation has now wrung guilty pleas from six men -- Tom Kennedy of Cisco, Rich Brown and Keith Maderios both of AT&T (then SBC Datacom), Scott Federowicz and Dave Dauphenais both of American Networks International and now Joe Mello, originally with AT&T and then an outfit called INS. There are very, very few (three, to be precise) of Bob's 1999-2003 business partners left who have not fallen beneath the Federal Juggernaut.

I am given to wonder just how far this taint goes, and if it's possible that the entire bunch of them was, in fact, crooked and I failed to see it. Though, of the three still standing I would be frankly shocked if any of them were involved.
Tags: e-rate, feds, fraud
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