Twelve Hundred-Thirty Days In The Hole

Posted: November 22, 2010 in Uncategorized
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While ancient English super-group Humble Pie sang of Thirty Days In The Hole, they were merely guilty of drug possession.

Former NASA chief of staff Courtney Stadd, on the other hand, was sentenced Nov. 18 to 41 months in prison–twelve hundred-thirty days–on a conspiracy charge.

This was on top of an earlier conviction where:

Stadd, 55, of Bethesda, Md., was convicted in 2009 of breaking ethics laws in steering nearly $10 million in NASA funds to Mississippi State University —  a consulting client — when the former chief of staff returned to NASA in mid-2005 for a two-month stint as a special government employee to help incoming NASA Administrator Mike Griffin reorganize the agency. He was fined $2,500 and sentenced to three years of probation and six months of house arrest.

The most recent conviction had to do with bogus invoices.

Last December, U.S. Attorney Donald Burkhalter secured a nine-count indictment charging Stadd with conspiring with a NASA official to steer money to his consulting firm and submitting invoices for work he did not perform… Stadd also admitted to submitting falsified invoices to Mississippi State and meeting with senior government officials to try to stop a NASA inspector general investigation of his activities, the U.S. Justice Department said in August.

If Stadd had been a member of Congress, he no doubt would have drawn a stern rebuke.


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