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Topic - Dan Cruz
In a case that reveals how stunningly easy it can be to dupe the federal government out of millions of dollars, a Los Angeles area man has pleaded guilty to diverting thousands of surplus government computers and other electronics bound for needy schools to sham nonprofits.
The General Services Administration is advertising to fill more than a dozen jobs and has approved hiring more than 40 employees since July, when the agency's top official announced a "targeted hiring freeze" in the wake of ongoing spending scandals.
Government officials blame unfair competition from China for the collapse of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, but such concerns didn't stop the federal government from breaking stimulus program rules to use Chinese solar panels atop a federal building housing the offices of a senator, congressman and several agencies.
Susan Brita, deputy administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, who emerged as a whistleblower star for her role in uncovering an $800,000 taxpayer-funded Las Vegas conference, was herself a participant in a similar taxpayer-funded event just a few weeks later.
"To further prevent fraud in the Computers for Learning Program, GSA now requires participating educational institutions to also provide documents as additional proof of their tax exempt status," agency spokesman Dan Cruz said.
Dan Cruz, a spokesman for the GSA, said in an email statement that the restrictions outlined in the lease "ensure that any new uses are appropriate for an historic building on Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation's capital."