Former Obama-era acting DHS inspector general pleads guilty to scheme to steal gov’t software

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The former acting head of the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has pleaded guilty to charges related to a scheme to steal confidential software from the government, the Justice Department announced Friday.

Charles Edwards, who worked as acting inspector general at DHS-OIG between 2011 and 2013, is accused of having executed a scheme to steal confidential and proprietary software from the government after he left the agency and set up his own company.

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U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, left, and Department of Homeland Security’s acting Inspector General Charles K. Edwards, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 23, 2012, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The government accused him of stealing software from the office, including government databases that contained personal information of DHS and U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employees, “so that his company could develop a commercially-owned version of a case management system to be offered for sale to government agencies.” Edwards has set up Delta Business Solutions in Maryland and was accused

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