Ex-FBI Agent gets 10 Years

Monday, April 6, 2015 @ 04:04 PM gHale

A former FBI special agent got 10 years for accepting bribes to obstruct a grand jury in an Defense Department (DoD) contractor kickback scheme, officials said.

Former Special Agent Robert Lustyik, a 24-year veteran of the FBI, pleaded guilty to all charges in an 11-count indictment on Sept. 29, said officials from the Justice Department (DoJ).

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Lustyik pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and obstruction, eight counts of honest services wire fraud, obstruction of a grand jury investigation and obstruction of an agency proceeding.

Lustyik’s co-defendants, Michael Taylor and Johannes Thaler, also received sentences to 24 months and 13 months, respectively, for their roles in this scheme.

The DoJ said from October 2011 to September 2012, Lustyik and Thaler conspired to use Lustyik’s official position as an FBI counterintelligence special agent to obstruct a criminal investigation into Taylor, a businessman who owned and operated American International Security Corporation.

Taylor was under investigation for paying kickbacks to obtain a series of contracts from the DoD worth approximately $54 million, officials said.

Taylor promised Lustyik and Thaler in exchange for their help he would provide them cash and multimillion dollar business contracts.

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