WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Federal Emergency Management Agency employee will plead guilty in a criminal case alleging that he helped secure federal funds for the Gallup Organization while he was negotiating to go to work in Washington for the polling firm, his lawyer said Thursday.
A felony conflict-of-interest charge brought this week against Timothy W. Cannon says that a month after asking a Gallup employee for a job in November 2008, Cannon asked superiors for an additional $500,000 for a FEMA program in which Gallup would train agency managers. The next month, said the Justice Department court papers, Cannon had an employment interview with the company.
Cannon was offered a job but concealed his pending employment, signing a government financial disclosure report stating that he had no agreements or arrangements for future employment, according to court documents. When employees at the firm raised questions, the job offer was withdrawn.
Gallup Vice President William E. Kruse said the criminal charge “was not against Gallup, but rather DOJ's allegations against a former FEMA employee. As such, there is nothing Gallup can comment on in regards to this development.”
Gallup has its operational headquarters in Omaha.
Cannon's conduct came to light last year in a lawsuit by a fired Gallup employee alleging Gallup filed false claims on federal contracts.
Cannon's lawyer said his client is entering a plea agreement with the Justice Department “accepting responsibility and at the same time, looking to get this matter behind him.”
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