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VA Official Arrested In New York

Kenneth Czumak, an IT official at a New York Veterans Affairs facility was arrested earlier this week on charges that he accepted over $40,000 in gifts from a telecommunications firm doing business with his office.

The VA official is accused of accepting such gifts as meals, golf outings, hotel stays, etc., from the firm.

Via Business Insider:

An official at a New York Veterans Affairs facility was arrested Monday for allegedly taking tens of thousands of dollars in improper gifts from a telecommunications firm doing business with the center. The arrest was announced by the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

Prosecutors accuse Kenneth Czumak, an Information  Technology Specialist with the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center, of receiving more than $40,000 worth of meals, golf outings, hotel rooms, car services, and other benefits from the unnamed firm.

At the time this VA official was accepting gifts, the telecommunications firm held a $6 million sub-contract with the medical center in Northport.  He worked at that location as an IT specialist, serving as the main point of contact between the firm and the VA medical center.

Czumak admitted to knowing that a VA official could accept gifts in value no higher than $15.  He has been charged with one count of “illegal salary supplementation” and faces 5 years in prison.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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