Former State/OIG IT Contractor Pleads Guilty to Theft and Embezzlement of USG Computers

 

On March 7, 2019, USDOJ/U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced that a former IT contractor for the State Department’s Office of Inspector General pled guilty to theft and embezzlement.

A former federal contractor pleaded guilty today to theft and embezzlement of up to 16 government computers from the U.S. Department of State.

According to court documents, Andrew W. Cheveers, 31, of Bowie, Maryland, was an Information Technology contractor for the State Department’s Office of Inspector General. In this role, Cheveers held a security clearance that allowed him access to certain sensitive information, and he was responsible for configuring the computers prior to the devices being distributed to U.S. government personnel.

Through the course of his criminal conduct, Cheevers admitted to stealing up to 16 Microsoft Surface Pro laptop computers. Cheveers then sold the stolen computers on Internet websites such as Craigslist and eBay from approximately July 2016 through February 2017 in order to profit from his fraudulent scheme.

Cheveers faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when sentenced on June 21. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Steve A. Linick, Inspector General for the Department of State, made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton accepted the plea.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Celeste are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:19-cr-64.

The announcement is available here.

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Ex-State Dept Employee Steven Medlock Sentenced to Probation and Home Detention for Embezzlement

Via The Post and Courier:

A Charleston judge has sentenced a former U.S. State Department employee to probation and home detention for embezzling almost $59,000 from the federal government.

Steven Medlock, 60, of Summerville, pleaded guilty to the theft last year.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Gergel sentenced Medlock to one year of probation and four months of home detention, according to a document signed and filed Friday. Medlock also must pay a $3,000 fine and cannot possess firearms or other dangerous weapons.

He had faced a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years in a supervised release program.

Gergel received more than a dozen letters of support for Medlock from his family, acquaintances and former co-workers, including one from his ex-boss at the State Department.

Medlock had repaid all the money before waiving indictment and pleading guilty in August, according to Rhett DeHart, assistant U.S. attorney.
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An anonymous tipster alerted law enforcement.

Read in full here.

Medlock is reportedly a disbursement specialist for the State Department’s Global Financial Services Center, which handles worldwide billings and other transactions for the agency.  The Global Financial Services Center (GFSC), is located in North Charleston, South Carolina; it occupies approximately 7 acres of a 20 acre complex, which the Department of State (DoS) shares with other tenants.