The charges allege that in addition to stealing government software and databases, Venkata helped Edwards by reconfiguring his laptop so that he could upload the stolen software.
“The indictment further alleges that, in addition to stealing DHS-OIG’s software and the sensitive government databases, Venkata and others also assisted Edwards by reconfiguring his laptop so that he could properly upload the stolen software and databases, provided troubleshooting support whenever Edwards required it, and helped him build a testing server at his residence with the stolen software and databases,” the Department of Justice said in a press release announcing the indictments.
As further part of the alleged scheme, Edwards retained software developers in India for the purpose of developing his commercial alternative of DHS-OIG’s software.”
Although Edwards left Obama’s DHS in 2013, according to the indictment he leveraged his relationship with Venkata to carry out the scheme which began in October of 2014 and continued to April of 2017.
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Charles Edwards resigned from the IG’s office in December on the eve of scheduled congressional testimony, and has since been replaced by John Roth.
In 2014 Edwards was removed from his interim post on the DHS science and technology staff following the release of a Senate report detailing his inappropriate socializing and sharing of draft documents with managers of the employees he was investigating.
Edwards had been the subject of a yearlong probe by a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.