Stadd Found Guilty

Ex-top NASA official guilty of ethics violations, AP

"A former top NASA official has been found guilty of breaking ethics laws by steering nearly $10 million of the agency's funds to a consulting client. A jury found Courtney Stadd of Bethesda, Md., illegally benefited a private client while on the agency's payroll and lied to ethics officials. Stadd was NASA's chief of staff from 2001-2003. He left to start a consulting business, but came back temporarily in 2005 to help a new administrator reorganize the agency."

Jury Takes Up NASA Ethics Case, NY Times

"The case of a former top NASA official, accused of enriching himself and helping a consulting client get $9.6 million in grants, was headed to the jury Thursday. Courtney Stadd, NASA's former chief of staff and White House liaison, ''owed the public and taxpayers his undivided loyalty, but he betrayed that loyalty to line his and his client's pockets,'' said prosecutor Matthew Solomon in closing arguments. Defense attorney Dorrance Dickens said Stadd was following his boss' orders on where to send the grant money."

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