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NSA employee charged with giving wife $340,000 contract




NSA employee charged with giving wife $340,000 contract
NSA employee charged with giving wife $340,000 contract



http://www.examiner.com/a-550570~NSA_employee_charged_with_giving_wife__340_000_contract.html 

The Associated Press
Feb 6, 2007

BALTIMORE - An NSA employee is accused of giving his wife's company a 
$340,000 contract for work on a computer security exercise he directed, 
the U.S. Attorney's office announced Tuesday.

Wayne J. Schepens, 37, of Severna Park is scheduled for an initial 
appearance Thursday in U.S. District Court on the conflict of interest 
charge. Schepens faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, 
said Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office.

Schepens co-created the Cyber Defense Exercise in 2000 for the National 
Security Agency, the secretive Department of Defense spy agency. The 
annual competition involved teams from participating military academies 
who tried to protect their computer networks from attacks by teams of 
hackers, generally NSA employees and military reservists, according to 
court documents.

In March 2004, Schepens' wife, who was not identified by prosecutors, 
became the chief executive officer and majority shareholder of CDXperts, 
a corporation based in Schepens' home. In September, 2004, CDXperts 
received the $340,000 contract, according to the documents provided by 
prosecutors.

Schepens was removed from the Cyber Defense Exercise in November 2005, 
prosecutors said.


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