Ex-Security Director Gets 15 Months In Bribery Scheme

By Kat Greene (July 18, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT) -- A Virginia federal judge on Thursday reduced the recommended sentence for a security expert for a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security who admitted accepting bribes from a contracting firm, finding a lower punishment was merited because he'd had little influence on the contractor's successful bids.

Derek Matthews was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to 15 months in prison for accepting bribes in his role as Washington-area regional director for the Federal Protective Service, a division of Homeland Security that is responsible for securing federal buildings. He admitted he accepted a side...

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