A Just Cause, On Behalf of IRP6, Escalates Case to Department of Justice and Questions if Rules of Professional Conduct Were Violated
A Just Cause Asks Department of Justice to Investigate if Federal Investigators Followed Proper Procedure in the IRP6 Case When Agents Contacted Philly Officials Regarding IRP Solutions
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December 26, 2014 (FPRC) --
AJust Cause (AJC) is appealing to the U.S. Department of Justice for an inquiry into the IRP6 case questioning if federal prosecutor’s and investigator’s actions resulted in a potential contract being halted between IRP Solutions and the City of Philadelphia. "Our ongoing investigation into facts and circumstances surrounding the federal investigation, prosecution and conviction of the IRP6 raises questions if conduct by law enforcement officials resulted in a wrongly conviction," ponders Sam Thurman, A Just Cause.
The IRP6 were convicted in October 2011 of mail and wire fraud charges in the United States District Court in Colorado (Case No. 09-CR-00266-CMA) and their appeals were affirmed by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on August 4, 2014 (Case Nos. 11-1487/1488/1489/1490/1491/1492). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Kirsch and presided over by Judge Christine M. Arguello. The government claimed in the indictment that the IRP6 duped staffing companies into doing business with them by making "false representations" about "current or impending contracts with large government agencies, including the United States Department of Homeland Security." (Case No. 09-CR-00266-CMA).
“The government argued that IRP made ‘false representations,' yet AJC’s investigation of court records show that federal agents and prosecutors were aware that IRP Solutions was engaged in legitimate business activities in Philadelphia," says Thurman. “AJC’s review of court records show that all of the evidence was not presented at grand jury or during the trial court and had the federal prosecutor presented all evidence to the grand jury and to the court, it is very likely that there would not have been a case," argues Thurman. “The transcript from the trial shows that we were not allowed to present certain evidence like our activity with the City of Philadelphia," says David Banks, Chief Operating Officer, IRP Solutions (IRP6). (Case No. 09-CR-00266-CMA).
“Our latest review of court documents in the IRP case show that four months prior to taking the case before a second grand jury, federal prosecutors were aware that the Philadelphia Police Department and Philadelphia Inspector General's Office had agreed to terms with the IRP Solutions Corporation for the purchase and installation of their Case Investigative Life Cycle (CILC) software solution," says Thurman. “Federal prosecutors failed to present this to the second grand jury and they argued against the trial jury hearing this vital information during trail," says Thurman. (Case No. 09-CR-00266-CMA).
The AJC investigation of court documents show that in interview with the FBI, Gerry Cardenas, Director of Information Technology for the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD), acknowledged that IRP Solutions' Case Investigative Life Cycle software solution "look exactly like what Cardenas and the PPD was looking to purchase." Records show that Computer Chief/Security CIO Michael King was tasked with writing technical and system requirements so that the city could be prepared to install the software that IRP would provide. Court records confirm that IRP was close to installing software for PPD, but that all activity stopped when Cardenas was “made aware of the IRP investigation." (Discovery documents - Case No. 09-CR-00266-CMA).
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