Former NSA Worker Gets 18-Month Prison Sentence in Bribery Case

… Parkville man accepted more than $100,000 from recycling company employees …

By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

2:23 PM EDT, June 3, 2011

A 44-year-old former National Security Agency employee was sentenced Friday to 18 months in federal prison followed by six months of home detention for taking bribes and lying about it, the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Robert Barry Adcock, who lives in Parkville, previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to obtain illegal payments for accepting more than $100,000 from employees of Berg Bros. Recycling Inc. in exchange for access to valuable metal materials stored at a Fort Meade warehouse. Adcock was also ordered to serve 100 hours of community service and to pay a $15,000 fine and restitution of $4,930.

The bribers, Adam Berg and Jeffrey Mark Harmon, previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme, which lasted from 2004 to 2006, and were sentenced — respectively — to six months and one year in federal prison. Each was also ordered to serve six months of home detention, perform 100 hours of community service and pay fines and restitution.

“This sentence is the end to a sad chapter and shows what can happen when greed and selfishness take precedent over integrity and responsibility,” Robert Craig, special agent in charge for the Defense Criminal Investigative Service’s Mid-Atlantic field office, said in a statement.

“Mr. Adcock’s behavior that corrupted the government contracting process to line his own pockets, especially in context with today’s budget concerns, simply cannot be tolerated,” Craig said. “That contracting process must be transparent and above-board, certainly not clouded with fictitiously created companies and back room deals with large sums of money.”

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