A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced the former top cybersecurity official at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Energy to four years in prison for lying to federal authorities.
David Alexander is the second city official to be convicted in the sprawling federal corruption investigation by the DWP and prosecutors.
David Wright, the former DWP chief executive, was sentenced in April to six years in prison for bribery.
US District Judge Stanley Blumenfeld Jr. told the court that Alexander lied and covered up his actions at the utility company “with great ease.”
“He was an integral part of the culture of corruption at the DWP,” said Blumenfeld.
Alexander declined to comment to The Times after his sentencing.
Prosecutors said Alexander helped a company affiliated with Paul Paradis, a New York attorney who was also involved in the sprawling scheme to land work at the utility.
Alexander later sought a job for himself at the company as he prepared to leave the DWP, prosecutors said. He lied to the FBI about the role he played in enforcing the contract.
Alexander served as DWP’s Chief Information Security Officer from May 2017 to February 2019 and then as Cyber Risk Officer until August 2019.
Prosecutors said he used his position with the Southern California Public Power Authority, a consortium of utilities, to rig the bidding process in favor of a contract for Paradis’ company.
Alexander was the Vice Chair of the SCPPA Cybersecurity Working Group and one of four members of the Evaluation Committee. He influenced the composition of the evaluation committee and shared his findings with the other evaluators to persuade them to rate the company positively. The company was awarded the contract in April 2019.
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The DWP board later attempted to re-bid on the utility contract. Again, Alexander tried to influence the other members of the evaluation committee to rate Paradis’ company positively. He texted Paradis about his plans to see the deal through, writing: “I know my job [laughing-crying emoji]’ the prosecutors said.
Alexander later met with Paradis and “proactively applied for employment” at the cybersecurity company.
At this point, Paradis was secretly working with the FBI and recorded his conversations with Alexander, according to transcripts in the court filing.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-07/former-cyber-security-head-at-dwp-sentenced-to-4-years Former LADWP cybersecurity chief gets 4 years in prison