It was an administration so corrupt that the damage is still being uncovered.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Matthew LumHo, 47, used his position at the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General to accept bribes and defraud the government.
According to the charges, LumHo was appointed to manage a federal contract that allows federal agencies to order telecom services and equipment from two approved vendors. Beginning in 2012, he began to accept bribes from William S. Wilson, who had LumHo drive all the business to his Florida-based construction company, despite its lack of either relevant industry experience or employees in the Northern Virginia area, where the work was to be done.
LumHo authorized fraudulent payments and nonexistent service orders through the prime contract, accepting the dirty money in return. The bribes were booked as payroll payments to a bank account belonging in name only to one of LumHo’s relatives. The false service orders that were billed as IT-related support services were really just the purchasing of commercially available items with a drastic markup that the government ended up paying for.
Here is the full press release from the DOJ:
Former DoD OIG Official Sentenced for Accepting Bribes and Defrauding the United States
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former official of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG) was sentenced today to 7.5 years in prison for accepting bribes and defrauding the government, among other crimes, in relation to a contract he oversaw at the DoD OIG.
According to court documents, Matthew K. LumHo, 47, of Fairfax Station, was employed at the DoD OIG’s Information Services Directorate. In that position, LumHo oversaw and administered a prime federal contract designed to allow federal agencies in the National Capital Region to order routine telecommunications services and equipment from one of two national telecommunications companies.
Beginning no later than 2012, LumHo solicited and accepted bribes from co-conspirator William S. Wilson, in exchange for steering what nominally was intended to be telecommunications or information technology services through the prime government contract, through an intermediary telecommunications company, to Wilson’s company. Wilson’s company received all of this business without any competition, despite its lack of any relevant experience or expertise, and despite having no employees based in or near northern Virginia, where all the work was to be performed. Wilson and LumHo disguised the bribes by falsely masking them as payroll payments to a relative of LumHo for a job that did not in fact exist, with the bribes being deposited into an account that LumHo in fact controlled.
As the scheme progressed, LumHo, who was supposed to be safeguarding the contract, knowingly authorized numerous false and fraudulent service orders through the prime contract. The false service orders typically described the items supposedly being provided to the government as specialized IT-related support services, when in fact the co-conspirators were simply buying standard, commercially available items, dramatically marking up the price, and billing the government as though it had been provided with the specialized IT-related services. LumHo and Wilson also used fraudulent service orders to conceal bribes in the form of high-end camera equipment and stereo equipment sent from Wilson to LumHo, thereby defrauding the government into to paying for the very bribes themselves.
The evidence adduced at trial further demonstrated that the co-conspirators repeatedly sought to interfere with the criminal investigation by creating false documentation, making false statements to law enforcement officials, lying on a financial disclosure form, committing perjury during sworn civil deposition testimony, and tampering or attempting to tamper with a witness. In addition, at sentencing, Senior U.S. District Judge Judge O’Grady found that LumHo had obstructed justice by committing perjury when he testified at trial.
Co-conspirator Ronald A. Capallia, Jr., pleaded guilty on January 25, 2018, to his role in the conspiracy and was sentenced to one year and one day in prison on September 14, 2021. Today, LumHo was sentenced to 90 months in prison. Co-conspirator William S. Wilson is scheduled to be sentenced on February 4, 2022.
Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Wayne A. Jacobs, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Criminal Division; and Kelly P. Mayo, Deputy Inspector General for Investigations at the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew Burke and Russell L. Carlberg prosecuted 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 are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:17-cr-222.
Matthew LumHo was sentenced to 90 months in prison. Co-conspirator Wilson is scheduled to be sentenced on February 4th, 2022.
— Tedd Conner (@C22Tedd) January 17, 2022
As the Washington Post demonstrates by refusing to name LumHo as an Obama-era employee, the media will bat for the Democrats no matter what, hiding their lies and concealing their corruption whenever they can.
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