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Longtime CDC employee sentenced for not reporting contractor payments

A longtime employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies has been sentenced to prison for lying about payments he received from a CDC contractor, the U.S. Department of Justice said. 

Carlos Smiley, 57, of Roswell, will serve three months in federal prison and one year of supervised release, and perform 200 hours of community service. Smiley pleaded guilty to charges of making false statements in July and was sentenced Nov. 15. He worked for the CDC from 2002 until June 2018, according to a LinkedIn page with his name.

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Smiley reported to the CDC that he did not receive any outside income in 2012 and 2013, the Justice Department said. The annual disclosures were required in his position as a CDC contracting officer.

Between Sept. 2011 and Jan. 2012, Smiley received payments from Virginia company A-TEK, which was seeking to do business with the CDC. Smiley had previously been given permission by the CDC to operate a company called Charisma III, through which he claimed to provide real estate advice.

A-TEK received a single-source staffing contract for overseas CDC field stations in 2012; that contract was signed by Smiley in his role at the CDC. A-TEK later turned down the contract after realizing an employee had paid Smiley’s company $30,600 over six payments, the Justice Department said. The A-TEK employee was fired.

CDC investigators confronted Smiley about the A-TEK payments in 2015, and Smiley admitted using a fake name for an invented employee of his company to accept the money. 

In addition to the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Smiley will also pay a fine of $5,000.

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