Former Department Of Commerce Official Gets 4-Year Prison Sentence For Bribery

A former Department of Commerce IT official was sentenced to 4 years in prison for conspiracy to receive and pay bribes.

Forty-three-year-old Raushi J. Conrad of Bristow was the Director of Systems Operation and Security within the Bureau of Industry and Security. He managed and oversaw a project where data was transferred from a virus-infected BIS computer network to a new network.


A local businessman, James Bedford, agreed to pay Conrad a substantial amount of money in return for steering a contract and subcontract to perform the data migration to Bedford’s companies. Conrad’s restaurant received $208,000 from one of Bedford’s companies. To conceal the transaction, Conrad created fictitious invoices, which gave the impression that his company performed service for Bedford’s company. More than $16,000 work of renovation work was performed on Conrad’s home by Bedford’s employees and subcontractors, according to court records.

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