Former NASA Official Courtney Stadd Heads to Jail

Courtney Stadd

Former NASA Official Bound for W. Va. Prison
Space News

Former NASA chief of staff Courtney Stadd is due to report Feb. 4 to a federal correctional institute in Morgantown, W.V., to begin serving a 41-month sentence for a conspiracy conviction.

Stadd, 55, of Bethesda, Md., was convicted in federal court last August and sentenced in November for conspiring with Liam Sarsfield, then NASA’s deputy engineer of programs, to steer money to his consulting firm and submitting false invoices. Sarsfield was separately convicted on a conflict of interest charge and sentenced last September to three years probation….


Ex-NASA Official Courtney Stadd Gets 41 Months in Jail

Courtney Stadd

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Courtney A. Stadd, a 55-year-old former high-ranking National Aeronautics and Space Administration official, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today in Gulfport to serve 41 months, or about 3 1/2 years, in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release….Stadd also was ordered to pay a $7,500 fine and $287,000 in restitution to NASA.

If you recall, Stadd was indicted on charges of benefiting personally from NASA contracts that he steered to clients of his consulting firm.

U.S. Attorney: Stadd Faked Invoices, Inflated Hours in Fraud Case

Courtney Stadd

U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

A former high-ranking National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”) official, Courtney A. Stadd, 55, of Bethesda, Maryland, has entered a guilty plea to conspiracy charges in connection with actions he took to obtain and receive funds from a $600,000 sole-source contract from John C. Stennis Space Center to Mississippi State University (“MSU”) on a remote sensing study, United States Attorney Donald R. Burkhalter and NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin announced today.


Courtney Stadd Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Charge

Ex-NASA chief of staff pleads guilty to conspiracy in steering contract to US university
The Canadian Press

NASA’s former chief of staff pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from a $600,000 contract awarded by the space agency to Mississippi State University, a client of his consulting firm.


Former Top-Level NASA Officials Pleads Guilty in Contracts Case; Link to Courtney Stadd Case Alleged

Ex-NASA official pleads guilty over contracts
Associated Press

A former high-ranking NASA official has pleaded guilty in Mississippi to designing contracts in a way that netted him more than $270,000 in illegal profits.

Liam P. Sarsfield, a former chief deputy engineer in Washington D.C., controlled a $1.5 million fund and designed contracts that wouldn’t have to be put out for bid. He steered the contracts where he wanted them to go, including to Mississippi State University and a company in Ohio, prosecutors said Monday.


More Legal Trouble for Courtney Stadd

Ex-top NASA official charged in Mississippi
Associated Press

A former high-ranking NASA official pleaded not guilty Monday to nine federal charges accusing him of steering a $600,000 contract to Mississippi State University, a client of his consulting firm.

Courtney A. Stadd had already been convicted of steering a different contract for almost $10 million to the university. Stadd was sentenced in November to three years probation.


Epic Falls: Stadd Washes Dishes as Anderson Neuters Cats

The late great Mir space station.
The late great Mir space station - now in pieces at the bottom of the Pacific.

A couple of high-flying space figures – former NASA chief of staff Courtney Stadd and MirCorp founder Walt Anderson – have fallen on decidedly hard times after running afoul of the law. They now find themselves doing work normally done by working class stiffs.


Ex-NASA Official Stadd Found Guilty of Ethical Breaches

Ex-top NASA official guilty of ethics violations
Associated Press

A former top NASA official was found guilty Thursday of breaking ethics laws by helping a consulting client get nearly $10 million of the space agency’s funds.

A jury found Courtney Stadd, of Bethesda, Md., illegally benefited a private client while on the agency’s payroll and lied to ethics officials. He faces up to 15 years in prison at sentencing, scheduled for Nov. 6.


Ex-NASA Official Stadd: I Was Only Following Orders

NASA’s former chief of staff and White House liaison, Courtney Stadd, has gone on trial on charges of enriching himself by steering government money to Mississippi State University. The AP reports:

Courtney Stadd says he was only carrying out the orders of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin when he insisted that $12 million for earth science research be spent in Mississippi.

Prosecutors charged in opening statements Monday that Stadd was lining his own pockets by trying to get the money to his client, Mississippi State University, and lying to ethics officials about it. The school ended up with $9.6 million.

Stadd faces 15 years in prison if convicted on all charges.