April 18, 2017
MARAD Debars Former Employee From Federal Aid Contracting for 3 Years
On April 18, 2017, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) debarred former infrastructure manager Louis Effa from participating in Federal-aid contracting for 3 years. In April 2016, he was charged, and in May 2016, he pleaded guilty to theft of Government property in U.S. District Court, Greenbelt, Maryland.
During an internal audit in November 2014, MARAD discovered that Effa had used his business account to purchase three unauthorized Apple iPads, which he then shipped to a friend in Piney Point, Maryland. Effa resigned from MARAD after he was placed on administrative leave. DOT-OIG’s investigation disclosed that between 2012 and November 2014, Effa stole approximately 119 iPads, iPhones, laptops, keyboards, and other computer equipment from MARAD. He sold many of the items online and received at least $37,386 for the stolen property.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with assistance from MARAD.
Note: Exclusion actions (suspensions and debarments) are frequently for a specific period of time, and the System for Award Management (Sam.gov) should be consulted to find whether a company is currently excluded.