Unisys Computer Recovered

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 09-15-2006

WASHINGTON—The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs is reporting that an office computer reported stolen from a Unisys Corp. office in Virginia has been recovered, and a Washington, D.C., resident has been arrested in the case.

According to a VA spokesperson, the arrest took place Sept. 13.

Arrested in the case was Khalil Abdullah-Raheem, an employee of a contractor that provides temporary labor to Unisys.

Abdullah-Raheem was charged in federal court in Alexandria, Va., yesterday for theft of government property and released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond. According to James J. (Jim) O'Neill, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations for the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General, Abdullah-Raheem will appear at the federal courthouse in Alexandria on Sept. 15, for a preliminary hearing on felony theft charges. The government will present evidence regarding probable cause at that hearing.

According to the announcement, investigators don't believe that the alleged thief was after the personal information of the 16,000 veterans treated at the VA Medical Centers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. "We believe that the accused did not steal the computer to get VA data," O'Neill told eWEEK.

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