Federal grand jury indicts former FBI agent

Published 10/19 2012 09:35AM

Updated 10/19 2012 09:37AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City has indicted a former FBI agent and two other people in a federal fraud case involving U.S. Army contracts in Afghanistan.

The indictment alleges that Robert Lustyik of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. used his position as an FBI special agent to try to stave off the criminal investigation of Michael Taylor of Harvard, Mass.

Taylor was under investigation for fraud in the award of defense contracts. The indictment alleges he bribed Lustyik to impede the investigation.

The indictment released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice says a third person, Johannes Thaler of New Fairfield, Conn., was a conduit between the two men.

Each faces 11 charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, obstructing justice and obstructing an agency proceeding.

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