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D.C. government analyst sentenced to jail for stealing nearly $490,000 from the city

July 17, 2018

The D.C. government faces yet another education scandal as a former grants analyst is sentenced to jail for stealing hundreds of thousands from the city.

On Tuesday the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the District of Columbia Inspector General jointly announced Ms. Harley was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail, and is required to repay the $488,311 total she cost the District of Columbia.

Shauntell Harley, 48, is a District resident and a former grants management analyst for the District’s Office of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

The U.S. Attorney Office for the District says Ms. Harley was caught taking bribes from a company, and also falsifying OSSE expense reports to funnel taxpayer funds into two companies.

The schemes began in 2012, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office, when Ms. Harley agreed to create reimbursement requests for work regarding early intervention and professional development supposedly done by a company run by 39-year-old District resident Vashawn Strader. Ms. Harley then took a third of the “reimbursement” money given to Mr. Strader, according to court documents.

The next year Ms. Harley repeated the scheme with invoicing OSSE for work a contractor never provided, this time with a new company that the U.S. Attorneys did not yet name. In total she fraudulently billed OSSE for $308,311.

From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Harley personally pocketed $43,900 for her crimes, and Mr. Strader paid her an additional $53,000, according to the press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Strader pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery last October. Ms. Harley pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery in March.

The press release noted Ms. Harley will be supervised for three years after she is released from 56 months behind bars. Mr. Strader awaits his own sentencing.

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