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2009-08-07 13:05:00

Former NASA official Courtney Stadd was convicted Thursday of helping one of his consulting client receive almost $10 million from the government agency.Stadd became NASA's chief of staff and White House liaison in 2001, where he sat until 2003.After leaving NASA, he began Capital Solutions, a consulting firm. He later returned to the space agency in 2005 to sit as a special government employee in facilitating the transition of administrator Michael Griffin.After returning, prosecutors claim...

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2009-03-09 06:40:00

A three-count indictment is looming for a former top NASA official for steering millions of dollars from agency funds to a consulting client. Courtney Stadd of Bethesda, Md., who served as NASA's chief of staff and White House liaison, is accused of steering $9.6 million from an earth science appropriation to Mississippi State University, which was paying him as a consultant. Stadd is also accused of lying to NASA ethics officials investigating the matter. The U.S. attorney's office...


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