The administrator of a Florida-based electronics company pleaded guilty to her role in selling counterfeit computer chips to contractors servicing the U.S. military. #
Stephaine A. McCloskey, 38, of Clearwater, pleaded guilty to conspiracy for her role in importing counterfeit integrated circuits from China and selling them to the U.S. Navy and others, marketing the chip as “military grade” in some cases, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington D.C. #
McCloskey worked as office administrator for Clearwater-based VisionTech Components, whose owner, Shannon Wren, has also been indicted on charges of conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods, and mail fraud. Wren is still awaiting trial. #
Sentencing for McCloskey has not yet been scheduled; she faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. As part of her plea deal, McCloskey has agreed to cooperate with the investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. That presumably could include testifying against Wren. #
Another day, another ethical problem for U.S. Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami. This time, the Associated Press reports that he paid himself nearly $60,000 in unspecified campaign reimbursements over his eight years in the state legislature.
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday upheld (pdf.) the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act, a decision that deepens the debate between between supporters and detractors of mandatory state and federal E-Verify programs.