Former NASA official sentenced to probation

November 6, 2009 9:28:49 AM PST
A former top NASA official has been sentenced to three years probation, six months of electronic monitoring and a $2,500 fine for breaking ethics laws.Courtney Stadd, of Bethesda, Md., was convicted of helping a consulting client get nearly $10 million of the space agency's funds.

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer rejected the government's suggestion of a one-year prison term at Friday's sentencing hearing. She said it was a "close call" in deciding whether Stadd's conduct was corrupt or a misunderstanding of ethics laws, but added that he ignored his ethical obligations in steering NASA contract money to his client.

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